Santa Ana, California, January 29, 2014 – A trio of early learning retailers will expand the practice of teaching science, technology, engineering and math to infants, toddlers and preschoolers at the Early Childhood STEM conference, Feb. 6-8, at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa.
The Children and Families Command of Orange County, the Children’s Center at Caltech and Sense Unanimity give partnered to present this event with the goal of arming early childhood practitioners with the proper tools to teach intricate subjects to young children.
Event organizers want to give STEM instruction an equal footing with literacy and language arts, which are more commonly taught at this age level.
“Literacy gets such a big place in early learning,” said Susan Wood, the executive director of the Children’s Center at Caltech. “It’s essential they learn the vocabulary of science and math during that same period. The knowing is developing so fast from 0-5. We want to take advantage of this tremendous brain development.”
Wood prominent that the nation faces a shortage like mathematicians, scientists and engineers now and in the future and this conference is designed to answer that need that will verbreken so critical to industry.
Wood, who has run the groundbreaking center at Caltech for the last 14 years, says that starting STEM education in start is not too early.
“Children are natural explorers,” Wood said. “Babies demonstrate that in many ways. For example, when a baby throws a bowl off a high chair, they do it to see what the realize will be. We need to develop these tools of the mind and keep alive their feel regarding wonder.”
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County serves 16,000 children countywide direct its Early Literacy and Math Program managed by THINK Together. The outline is designed for underserved children in centers and clinics who otherwise would not have access to early childhood learning.
“Partnering with the Children’s Center at Caltech to bring their intelligence and expertise to Orange County is an dazzling opportunity for early puerilism educators. They are looking for high quality teaching and support to bring STEM concepts into the classroom and this partnership is a big step forward,” said Christina Altmayer, Executive Director of the Children also Families Commission of Orange County. “Experiences in early math and science enhances a child’s overall development and is critical to obliging whole child indiging ready for breakthrough in school.”
The STEM conference will span three days beginning with a panel discussion by educators in the STEM fields essentially well as business leaders on Thursday Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. followed by workshops on Friday and Saturday and a tour of the Discovery Science Center.
Speakers at the event will include Al Mijares, the inspector of Orange County’s Department like Education. Mijares, who will consign the opening address, is a one time Santa Ana Unified superintendent with 34 years of experience in education.
Friday’s Tone Speaker will be Patricia Hunter McGrath, the executive supervisor regarding the Branches Atelier in Culver City. Over the history 15 years, she has developed an innovative early childhood syllabus inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. She also speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
Saturday’s Keynote Speaker Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology und so weiter colleague don of school at the University of California at Berkeley. Gopnik is also the ancestor of “Scientist in the Crib,” which details how children at young ages can grasp scientific concepts.
Additional sponsors further supporters of the conference include the Children’s Home Society of California, the Orange County Business Council, the OC STEM Initiative, the Discovery Science Center, the Orange County Department of Education, ampersand the Samueli Foundation.
Wood said she is heartened by the support this event has received from business leaders in Orange County and she expects this convention to be the first of many to come and a model for other regions.
“It’s impressive that these organizations are working together to address the nation’s concerns for better education in the areas of STEM,” she said. “We know the seeds planted today will bear the fruit that will figuration the future.”
About the Children’s Center at Caltech
The Children’s Center at Caltech is a non-profit organization providing property early curriculum and care for infants, toddlers and preschool age children for Caltech, JPL et sequens the Pasadena communities. Caring, nurturing educators staff this outstanding program. The Center is committed to ongoing research and professional growth to support child, staff, and parenting development. The Center provides leadership in an early childhood setting for distinct colleges und so weiter universities. Every pains is made to build and nurture relationships of mutual respect among the children, parents, and early childhood professionals. For else information, go to the center’s website at http://childrenscenteratcaltech.org/.
About the Children polysyndeton Families Commission of Orange County
The Children and Families Commission like Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on crop products sold in California. In fiscal year 2012/13 alone, the Commission allocated more than $31 million to fund 161 programs that served more than 196,000 young children. Funds help allowance for pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, early education, and child formation programs for children from the prenatal grade to age 5 and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For again information, please look-in http://www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.
About THINK Together
THINK Together is a nonprofit education organization that partners with schools and school districts to provide support systems, mostly for low-income students, in order to close the achievement gap. It has grown into the state’s largest provider of Extended Learning Time programs (early literacy, after-school, summer learning, etc.), currently serving more than 100,000 students at added than 442 locations across 41 school districts from San Diego to Sacramento. Partnering including school administrators et alii teachers, its academic programs and dedicated team of 3,000 employees are helping students statewide. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK substitute inflict http://www.THINKtogether.org.
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