75 stand-out center directors, award-winning educators and leaders from Knowledge Universe showed the power of our three brands in Dallas at the 2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, the largest conference for the early childhood education industry.
Here’s a glimpse at some highlights from our four days in Dallas:
EDUCATOR AWARD WINNERS UNVEILED
We rolled out the red carpet for our 2014 Early Childhood Educator Award winners. These teachers are the best of the best–they work hard every day to connect with children and families and make their learning experience and time with KU the best it can possibly be. We debuted the 2014 Educator Award video at a breakfast in their honor (you can watch it here). CEO of KU Early Learning Programs Dr. Elanna Yalow moderated a panel featuring this year’s educator award winners that focused on what sets great teachers apart and how great teachers create meaningful moments each day for the children in their care. Read more about their session moderated by Elanna here.
CURRICULUM, COLLABORATION, & COMMUNITY
Curriculum Developers Celeste Dills and Marianne Walters led a session about creating a culture of collaboration among teachers to inspire them to lead. Jessie Black, center director at South Loop KinderCare and Elizabeth Miner, assistant director at Northwestern University Children’s Center, both in Chicago, presented on the importance of communty partnerships.
Our Executive Vice President of People and Family Experience Wei-Li Chong revealed new survey data from Gallup showing increased engagement among employees and families leads to a host of positive education outcomes, including greater enrollment and higher likelihood of national accreditation.
ACCREDITATION AS AN ASSET
Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie Boe and Vice President of Education Linda Hassan Anderson presented on the positive financial impact of investing in NAEYC accreditation. “The benefits of accreditation reach far beyond a decal on a door,” Boe said. “Centers that are nationally accredited have proven their commitment to providing high-quality education and care to all children.”
IN THE ‘CENTER’ OF IT ALL
We recreated a learning center in the exhibition hall to bring to life some of the experiences children have at CCLC, KinderCare, and Champions every day. Attendees had the chance to walk through the center to see elements of the new Early Foundations curriculum, and learn about KinderCare’s success in preparing children for school as revealed through state assessments in Maryland and Florida.
For a two-page printable PDF of this post that you can share with teachers, parents, etc, click here: NAEYC Recap.