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Center to Host "Choosing Quality Toys"

The Child and Family Development Resource Center and the Center for Early Childhood Education are partnering to host "Choosing Quality Toys: What All Families Should Know" on Tuesday, December 4, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Child and Family Development Resource Center.

Copy of DSC_4079.jpgEarly childhood researchers will share information about the qualities of toys that best help young children learn and develop, based on what they have learned from an annual study conducted at Eastern on toys. Parents and grandparents who attend this event will have the opportunity to inspect a variety of toys close-up, view videos of children playing with different kinds of toys, and talk with other parents about making decisions about toys.

There is no charge to attend this workshop, but registration is requested. To register, please call 860/465-0206.

Eastern to host April 27th Investigations Conference


Investigations Conference logo.jpgThe Child and Family Development Resource Center and the Center for Early Childhood Education are pleased to host Eastern Connecticut State University's Early Childhood Investigations Conference. The day-long conference is designed for preschool and toddler teachers, administrators, and teacher educators who are interested in learning more about using projects with young children. This year's theme is "Using Projects to Foster Children's Cognitive Development." Highlights of the conference include a keynote address by noted expert Judy Harris Helm and workshops about using projects with preschool-aged children. The conference will also include an introduction to the faculty- and teacher-developed Investigations Curriculum, including video examples of young children engaged in project work.


Copy of Helm.jpgKeynote Presentation: Projects That Power Young Minds: You Can Do It and Here's How  by Judy Harris Helm

Change is so rapid that our children will live in a future we can't even imagine. Is your classroom developing the mind/brain capacity your children will need? Would you describe your learning experiences as mindful or mindless? Based on recent discoveries from neuroscience and cognitive research, this keynote reveals, in a humorous way, the typical intellectual life of early childhood classrooms. Then you will see The Movie Theater Project, a mind enhancing, literacy building application of the project approach in a pre-k classroom. See how it is done! Be inspired!


For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/investigations_conference.html



CEUs are available for conference participants. 


Center for Early Childhood Education Goes to NAEYC

Center for Early Childhood Education faculty will be featured in four separate presentations at the upcoming National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Washington, D.C. Presentations include the following:

  • "High Quality Inclusive Practices Using a Reflective Process" by Ann Gruenberg: 11/20/09, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Galleria
  • "Measuring the Impact of Toys on Social, Creative, and Learning Behaviors of Young Children" by Jeffrey Trawick-Smith: 11/20/09, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Creating Synergies Among Play, Education, and Development Annual Play Forum
  • "An Examination of Ways to Heighten Young Children's Awareness of Environmental Issues that Result in Increased Feelings of Self-Efficacy Rather Than Development and Fear" by Theresa Bouley: 11/21/09, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • "A Model for Producing Video-Rich Information for Early Childhood Professional Development" by Denise Matthews, Jamie Klein, and Sudha Swaminathan: 11/21/09, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there! 

Lisa Guernsey to Discuss Impact of TV on Children

Guernsey cropped.jpgDebates are raging about videos aimed at babies, toddlers and preschoolers, but what do scientists really know about their impact? Lisa Guernsey, author of Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five, will share her findings from child research laboratories at Eastern's University Hour on April 1, 2009, at 3 p.m. Drawing on examples from popular shows such as Dora the Explorer, Guernsey will discuss the age at which children begin showing evidence of learning from what they see on screen, the impact of television on language and other areas of development, the surprising impact of background television, the type of content that young children find most upsetting, and how parents and early childhood providers can make informed decisions about screen time. 

For more information, see: Guernsey flyer.pdf.

Rewind Reality Symposium a Success

Rewind audience.jpgOn December 7th and 8th, the Center hosted a symposium entitled Rewind Reality: Transforming Early Childhood Research and Professional Development Using Digital Video. Featuring speakers Douglas Clements, George Forman, Herb Ginsberg, and Roberta Schomburg, the symposium addressed how digital video can be used to integrate theory and practice in an effort to improve the transfer of knowledge to early childhood students and professionals. The symposium was attended by faculty and researchers from eight states, including Illinois, Arizona, and Florida.