Big Dreams for NY’s Youngest Children: The future of early care and education 6/17/14

I wanted to let you know about a panel I will be speaking on next Tuesday morning at the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.  Here is the link to the panel which is coinciding with the release of a report focusing on policy and early care and education in NYC. I am happy that this report will shed some light on issues faced by those who often have the least access to power and support.  Programs that serve low income children and families in NYC are struggling in many ways and it’s important that people know what’s going on for children and for the women of color who work with them (majority of childcare workers are low income and women of color). We need to make some changes and my hope is that the release of this report and the words of the panelists will signal the beginning of that change.

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See you there!

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Progressive early childhood education: Inspiration from Sweden- TODAY!

I am a respondent on this wonderful panel happening tonight at Brooklyn College and invite you to join the audience. I met with all the Swedish educators on Friday and was very much inspired by our conversations and exchanges of information. It’s very important that all people step outside of their usual ways of seeing things because that’s where true envisioning of best practices can occur. This should be a fruitful discussion after their presentations.

The Brooklyn College Department of Early Childhood and Art Education and the Brooklyn College School of Education are delighted to invite you to an upcoming event on the Brooklyn College campus. We will hold a presentation and discussion titled Universal Preschool in Sweden: Inspiration for Progressive Early Childhood Education at 6 PM on May 5, 2014. We hope that you will attend and that you will also invite your students, alumni, and interested colleagues — professors, teachers, parents and politicians — from around New York City.
Sweden is internationally lauded for its public, comprehensive, accessible and affordable Educare system, which provides all Swedish young children with some of the very best care and education. Monica Nilsson, our speaker, is a well-known professor of education who has recently been selected to advise the Swedish Educational Agency on the universal early childhood transition class (six year old class) in relation to a proposal for changing the Swedish school start age. Jeanette Thure, Elin Johansson and Anna-Karin Grandqvist, who will show slides of their work, are master preschool teachers from the internationally recognized HallonEtt Swedish preschool.
These guests will share with us the Swedish system of education and care for young children. Respondents representing various stakeholders within our own early childhood education systems will then lead us in reflecting upon the lessons that we can take from universal preschool in Sweden as we move forward with universal prekindergarten in New York City.

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Universal Preschool in Sweden: Inspiration for Progressive Early Childhood Education

I’m delighted to be a respondent on this upcoming panel at Brooklyn College looking at Universal Preschool in Sweden as inspiration for progressive early childhood education here in the US.  I will be bringing the perspective of someone who supports teachers to do progressive education with low income children of color. Please share the flier far and wide and I hope to see you there.

The Brooklyn College Department of Early Childhood and Art Education and the Brooklyn College School of Education are delighted to invite you to an upcoming event on the Brooklyn College campus.  We will hold a presentation and discussion titled Universal Preschool in Sweden: Inspiration for Progressive Early Childhood Education at 6 PM on May 5, 2014.  We hope that you will attend and that you will also invite your students, alumni, and interested colleagues — professors, teachers, parents and politicians —  from around New York City.

Sweden is internationally lauded for its public, comprehensive, accessible and affordable Educare system, which provides all Swedish young children with some of the very best care and education.  Monica Nilsson, our speaker, is a well-known professor of education who has recently been selected to advice the Swedish Educational Agency on the universal early childhood transition class (six year old class) in relation to a proposal for changing the Swedish school start age.  Jeanette Thure, Elin Johansson and Anna-Karin Grandqvist, who will show slides of their work, are master preschool teachers from the internationally recognized HallonEtt Swedish preschool. 

These guests will share with us the Swedish system of education and care for young children.  Respondents representing various stakeholders within our own early childhood education systems will then lead us in reflecting upon the lessons that we can take from universal preschool in Sweden as we move forward with universal prekindergarten in New York City.