Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the 2013 Infant/Toddler Symposium on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in the Grand Salon. The symposium brings nationally recognized experts to Ventura County to discuss new research on infant/toddler development and connect it to the daily practice of caregiving.

The event features morning and afternoon keynote speakers, followed by breakout sessions of “focused conversations,” guided by early childhood professionals. Morning keynote speaker Ron Lally, Co-Director of WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies, will discuss the important role that healthy emotional exchanges play in infant and toddler intellectual and language development. Afternoon keynote speaker Dr. Joanne Knapp-Philo, Director of the Head Start National Center on Cultural & Linguistic Responsiveness, will follow on this theme with an emphasis on babies who are dual-language learners. Keynotes and breakout sessions will be offered in English and Spanish.

The symposium is sponsored by CI’s School of Education (Early Childhood Studies), the Ventura County Office of Education – Early Childhood Division, Child Development Resources, First 5 of Ventura County, and Ventura County Association for the Education of Young Children.

The cost is $45 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and access to all speakers and breakout sessions. Registration is required by March 1. Call Child Development Resources at 805-485-7878, ext. 1512 to register and for more information.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated lot. Upon arriving at the campus, follow the directional signage to the event parking. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. For exact times, check the schedule at

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