Now is the time, when states are re-examining their education systems, for all early childhood advocates to make our voices heard, and loudly.  We need to cite research that play and movement are critical to children’s development and demand that children through kindergarten have significant time for unscripted movement and play, with suitable materials for them to make discoveries and solve problems on their own.  Please join in this critically important work to roll back some of the anti-child, overly academic preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten practices and to literally save our children.

There will be more posts with more info.  Meanwhile, whenever you hear that someone in your state is working on changing education, SPEAK UP!!

I wrote this a few years ago.  I’m proud to be presenting this year (2020) at the Region IV Head Start Association (Feb), the NYS AEYC conference (April), and the NAEYC Annual Conference (Nov).  This content is still accurate.  Check the Wizard Gallery for some of my conference friends.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC)Annual Conference is in November every year. The NAEYC conference is the largest education conference in the world. There are more than 1,000 presenters offering information on every possible theme in and around early childhood education, child development, staff issues, parent and family issues, etc. There are also many other national conferences of other organizations affilitated with Early Childhood organizations. The NACCP conference is usually in the spring. So is NCCA. NHSA holds several conferences throughout the year. If you haven’t been to a conference recently, please find one to attend – there are national, state, and local conferences, and there is so much great learning and sharing happening – both in the workshops and in the exhibit areas. You also meet people from other areas, or even in your own town that you may not have known before the conference. Friendships begun at conferences can last a lifetime. Try it!