WINNETKA – The Alliance for Early Childhood hosted more than 200 educators and administrators at the third annual Preschool-Kindergarten Summit on February 13 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Preschool-Kindergarten Summit, which sold out for the third year in a row, was an opportunity for early childhood educators to discuss facilitating positive transitions from preschool to kindergarten and the latest research that pertains to young children. The theme for 2018 was “Fostering Creativity.”
“For a third year, it was an honor to convene with educational leaders–from the North Shore and nationally–to discuss best practices, early childhood education trends, and emerging research that promotes optimal development for our youngest learners,” says Liza Sullivan, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood. “On behalf of all who make this event possible, we are proud that the Preschool-Kindergarten Summit fosters a common understanding of developmentally appropriate practice among educators in our community’s schools.”
Gever Tulley, author, speaker, scientist, and founder of the Tinkering School, served as keynote speaker. The keynote address, Engagement First: Pathways to Intrinsically Motivated Learning, included ideas on on creating highly engaging learning experiences for children. Breakout sessions focused on topics ranging from Fostering Creativity Through Play-Based Experiential Learning, the Froebel Gifts and Occupations, the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Learning, Art, and Block Building. To view the event’s agenda and list of speakers, visit this link.
The Alliance for Early Childhood is a community collaboration organization that promotes the healthy growth and development of children from birth to age eight (or 3rd grade) by providing resources, programs, and support for the parents and professionals who teach and care for them. Founded in 1989 as the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood, the Alliance changed its name to The Alliance for Early Childhood in 2011, in recognition of its growth well beyond the borders of Winnetka. Currently, we serve Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth, and neighboring communities on the North Shore of Chicago.
Submitted by the Alliance for Early Childhood