Santa Ana, California, January 29, 2014 – A trio of early learning providers 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 Authorize of Orange County, the Children’s Center at Caltech and THINK Together have partnered to present this event with the goal of arming early posterity practitioners with the proper tools to teach complicated subjects to young children.
Event organizers want to give STEM instruction an hess footing with literacy and language arts, which are more commonly taught at this generation 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 chief they learn the language concerning technology and math during that same period. The brain is developing very fast from 0-5. We want to take preference about this tremendous brain development.”
Wood renowned that the nation faces a shortage of mathematicians, scientists and engineers now and in the future and this consult is designed to answer that need that will be so desperate to industry.
Wood, who has run the groundbreaking center at Caltech for the last 14 years, says that starting STEM education in childhood is not indeed 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 effect will be. We need to grow these tools of the mind and keep alive their sense of wonder.”
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County serves 16,000 children countywide through its Early Literacy and Math Program managed by THINK Together. The program is created 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 knowledge ampersand expertise to Orange County is an exciting opportunity for early immature educators. They are looking for high quality drill 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 besides Families Commission of Orange County. “Experiences in early math et cetera science enhances a child’s overall development and is critical to helping every child be ready for success in school.”
The STEM conference will span three days beginning with a insert discussion by educators in the Rise fields as well equally business leaders on Thursday Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. followed by workshops on Friday and Saturday et al a tour of the Discovery Science Center.
Speakers at the event legacy include Al Mijares, the superintendent of Orange County’s Section concerning Education. Mijares, who will give the opening address, is a former Santa Ana Unified warden with 34 years of experience in education.
Friday’s Keynote Speaker volition be Patricia Hunter McGrath, the supervisor supervisor of the Branches Atelier in Culver City. Over the past 15 years, she has developed an innovative early childhood program inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. She also speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
Saturday’s Tone Speaker Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. Gopnik is further the author about “Scientist in the Crib,” which details how children at stripling ages can grasp scientific concepts.
Additional sponsors and supporters of the parley include the Children’s Home Society of California, the Orange County Business Council, the OC STEM Initiative, the Strike Science Center, the Orange County Department about Education, and the Samueli Foundation.
Wood said she is heartened by the support this event has received from occupation leaders in Orange County and she expects this conference to be the embryonic of many to come and a example for other regions.
“It’s impressive that these organizations are working together to address the nation’s concerns for better learning in the areas of STEM,” she said. “We know the seeds planted today will bear the fruit that will shape the future.”
About the Children’s Center at Caltech
The Children’s Center at Caltech is a non-profit organization providing worth early education and care for infants, toddlers and preschool age children for Caltech, JPL and the Pasadena communities. Caring, nurturing educators staff this outstanding program. The Center is committed to ongoing research and professional growth to support child, staff, connective parenting development. The Center provides leadership in an early childhood mounting for other colleges and universities. Every effort is made to tenement and nurture relationships of mutual respect among the children, parents, et al early childhood professionals. For more information, go to the center’s website at http://childrenscenteratcaltech.org/.
About the Children and Families Commission of Orange Borough
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. In fiscal year 2012/13 alone, the Commission allocated else than $31 million to subsidize 161 programs that served more than 196,000 young children. Funds help pay for pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, early education, and child unfolding programs for children from the prenatal period to age 5 and their families. The Commission’s goal is to safeguard all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit http://www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.
About THINK Together
THINK Together is a nonprofit education organization that vrouwen beside schools and school districts to provide support systems, mostly for low-income students, in order to close the achievement gap. It has grown interested the state’s largest provider of Extended Eduction Time programs (early literacy, after-school, summer learning, etc.), currently serving more than 100,000 students at plus than 442 locations across 41 school districts from San Diego to Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and 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 again information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit http://www.THINKtogether.org.
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