College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

ICD, Center for Early Education and Development, and Child Development Laboratory School represent at Zero to Three Conference

The Institute of Child Development, Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), and the Child Development Laboratory School (CDLS) had a notable presence at the national Zero to Three LEARN conference, held in Minneapolis on September 19 and 20. The annual event brought together approximately 1,900 attendees from the fields of early childhood education, infant and early childhood mental health, and more.

Child Development Laboratory School

Staff of the Child Development Laboratory School


L to R: Sheila Williams Ridge, Ayuko Boomer, Jenny Hanlon

The staff of the Child Development Laboratory School had the opportunity to attend the LEARN conference as part of their annual professional development. Over the two-day conference, they were able to learn from experts around the country and share their knowledge in cultivating the development of young children, the support of families, and advocacy in early childhood.

Sheila Williams Ridge, Director of the CDLS, and Ayuko Boomer, Early Childhood Specialist and Parent Educator at the CDLS, also presented on outdoor play, along with Stillwater ECFE teacher Jenny Hanlon. Their presentation covered the benefits and challenges of outdoor education, as well as how the CDLS aligns outdoor learning with the learning domains in the state of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs).

Institute of Child Development Alumni

Angela Narayan

Congratulations to ICD PhD alumnus Angela Narayan (PhD ’15) on receiving the Zero to Three Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Emerging Leadership Research Award. The award recognizes and celebrates a diversity of early- and mid-career leaders engaged in cutting-edge, transformative work to advance IECMH Practice, Policy, and Research. Dr. Narayan is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Child Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver (DU).

In her talk titled Risk and Resilience across Generations, she presented her work on the Benevolent Childhood Experiences (BCEs) Scale.

ICD PhD alumnus Katie Lingras (PhD ’12) also presented at the LEARN conference. Dr. Lingras, associate professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota Medical School, gave a talk titled Mind the Gaps: Approaches for Integrating Discussions on Bias into Reflective Supervision/Consultation.

Center for Early Education and Development

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) shared resources with LEARN conference attendees, including the RIOS™ Guide for Reflective Supervision and Consultation in the Infant and Early Childhood Field. The CEED authors—Christopher Watson and Alyssa Meuwissen—were on hand to answer questions and sign copies of the book. CEED Professional Development Coordinator Deb Ottman provided information about upcoming professional development opportunities related to reflective supervision.