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2014 NAEYC Conference and Expo

Please read this update from NAEYC's Deputy Executive Director, Stephanie Morris, regarding a new dual language initiative that will be a major focus at the upcoming Annual Conference and Expo in November:

Did you know that according to Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project there are 17 states where Latino children make up at least 20 percent of the public school kindergarten population? And that in 2014 minorities are projected to make up more than 50 percent of the US student population? Dual language learning and multicultural diversity in the classroom have never been more important topics in early childhood education, which is why the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is proud to announce Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes.

This new initiative in the 2014 Annual Conference and Expo will focus on ensuring children and families whose home language is Spanish have opportunities to participate in high-quality programs—across the Americas. Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes will include:

  • Sessions conducted in Spanish on topics of interest across the field—scheduled throughout the Conference
  • Sessions on advocacy, dual-language learning, and family engagement (conducted in English or Spanish)
  • Sessions that focus on best practices in early childhood education in Latin America (conducted in English or Spanish)

Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes will begin with two presentations on Wednesday, November 5, moderated by Miriam Calderon, former Senior Advisor, Early Learning Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Domestic Policy Council, White House: Early Childhood Education Across the Americas.

Panel members will include Sandra Gutierrez, National Director, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors; and Florencia López Boo, Senior Social Protection Economist, Inter-American Development Bank · Best Practices in Dual Language Learning. Panel members will include Linda Espinosa, Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri, Columbia; and Karen Nemeth, author, consultant, and presenter focusing on effective early education for dual language learners Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes will include more than 25 sessions throughout the conference and will conclude with a Fiesta de Música, featuring well-known Latin artists!

Keep checking the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo page for further information about the Conference.

Stephanie A. Morris Deputy Executive Director
National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L St., NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
202-350-8810
800-424-2460, ext. 8810

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