"The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed alongside their more advantaged peers."
-Professor James Heckman
Thursday, December 1, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Early childhood education profoundly impacts how children perform in school and fare in adulthood. From navigating social relationships to problem-solving and creative thinking, investing in our children’s futures is more important than ever.
STEM and social-emotional learning in early childhood education lay the groundwork for countless skills children will need as they get older and become contributing community members. With the proper access and approach, educators and mentors can present children with learning opportunities where they can discover their own individual talents, tap into sources of inspiration and encouragement, and spark an innate love of learning.
Designed to spark your love of learning and stretch your thinking, we will explore the science behind early childhood education fundamentals and some of the latest advancements in the field. Registration includes a full day of learning from experts in the field, lunch, a museum tour, and a plenary networking session.
Discussions & Insights
Speakers and panelists will present on early childhood STEM foundational fluencies, the role of social-emotional learning and play in STEM education, the importance of equity and access, and powerful partnerships in early childhood education. Featured topics include:
Bridging the Gap
Connecting informal and formal teaching to create lifelong learners
Equity & Access
The impact on children, families, and society
Building a vision for innovative and foundational learning
The Role of Soft Skills
Developing social-emotional skills through imagination and play
Stay tuned for more speaker announcements and session agenda!
Tickets are $75 per person and include access to all speaker sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities.
Interested in sponsoring the event? Please contact Heather Disher, Director of Advancement, at HeatherD@sdcdm.org. For all other questions, please contact Melanie Vartabedian, Director of Exhibits and Special Initiatives, at MelanieV@sdcdm.org.