What PD/Training does HILLTOP Early Childhood SERVICES offer?

PYRAMID MODEL – Helping Children’s Social/Emotional Development
Infant/Toddler, Preschool and Family Child Care Modules
Parenting POS seminar series
Positive Based Coaching is available for all modules

Assessment and all areas

New York State OCFS mandated training. Of the 30 hours, 7 1/2 are free online. We provide the remaining 22 1/2 hours of training in 3 full days or in more short sessions as needed by your program.

Check out our workshops. You can always comeback and continue from right where you left off.

Who can/has been helped by HILLTOP Early Childhood SERVICES?


  • Center directors and owners
  • Directors of groups of centers
  • Agency adiministrators
  • Board members
  • Teachers and Assistants
  • Parents
  • Owners of small businesses
  • Architects
  • Consultants in any field
  • Attorneys and Judges as expert witness


  • Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships
  • Nursery Schools
  • Infant-Toddler – Preschool and Primary Grade Programs
  • Day Care/Child Care Centers
  • Head Start Centers
  • Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • Elementary Schools

How can HILLTOP Early Childhood SERVICES help YOU/YOUR AGENCY?

Our consulting services can be as short as a few hours, or, as has happened with more than one client, repeat projects have lead to ongoing every week, month, or other intervals for years. If you want to improve the quality of your program, or if you have received less than wonderful evaluations from funders or licensing/regulatory agencies and need to improve one or more aspects of your program, we can help you. Starting a new program or thinking of it? We have helped programs get off the ground in solid fashion and have helped others to see that their plans were not realistic for their site, budget, neighborhood, etc., saving them much time money in the long run. Consulting projects have included site, program, and people issues, often in combination.


  • Use or change of use of classroom and other space to meet changing programming needs and/or licensing or regulations
  • design of new facilities to make sure they meet all program needs including how many and where to place classrooms, bathrooms, etc.
  • making sure they meet all codes (meeting with clients, architects, licensing agencies (all together and separately)
  • relation and adjustments to budgets and changed use of space, playground, access, and more.

Program: curriculum, materials, schedules, licensing and other compliance/regulatory issues and funding issues, relationships with community and related agencies, especially Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships, helping to achieve accreditation, and more.

People: governance (including boards), personnel issues, all dimensions of adult/adult, adult/child, child/child relationships, relationships with and inclusion of familie

The earlier you bring us into your plans, the more you save – most of the time, far more than the cost of our services.


HILLTOP’s work is based on knowledge and respect. You expect both from us and the work we do incudes respect for the staff, children, and families receiving services from your program. Our work is thoroughly grounded in research and knowledge of child development and is culturally sensitive. Research shows that play-based child-centered approaches that use ongoing assessment are most effective. We weave social/emotional development into all areas of our work. We can help you implement these approaches.


Ellen Jaffe Cogan, our lead consultant, has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences since 2002, as well as having been speaker and leader at multi-day retreats. Her presentations have included local and state branches of NAEYC, national NAEYC and NAEYC’s PDI, NACCP, regional and national Head Start Associations and more.



Notice, we don’t solve your problems. We look at the strengths and resources and recommend realistic solutions that may work in your setting, for your unique needs. HILLTOP Early Childhood SERVICES helps each client become more effective than they had believed they could be. This is why most of our clients have called us back again to help them with other problems. Some clients have used several of our services over the years, as they have funds. One client has been using our services every few years since 2002! Let us help you!