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Community Collaboration Interest Forum
The mission of the Community Collaboration Interest Forum is to bring together and provide opportunities for dialogue and information exchange among early childhood community collaborations, to create an umbrella organization to facilitate the exchange of information between organizations and individuals in their communities.
Diversity and Equity Education for Adults
The mission of the Diversity and Equity Education for Adults Interest Forum is to provide a place where people can come together for mutual education, self-reflection, networking and strategic planning for both our individual and our collective work. It is for everyone within early childhood education, who shares a commitment to teaching, training and preparing adults to do diversity & equity education with children, their families, and their teachers. This includes, but is not limited to, ECE faculty in community and 4-year colleges as well as in-service trainers and directors who provide professional development.
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- Encian Pastel - [email protected]
- Kevin McGowan - [email protected]
- Meg Thomas - [email protected]
Early Childhood Consultants and Authors
The early childhood consulting landscape is fraught with challenges for both the providers and consumers of consulting services. Yet, because there is no national infrastructure for professional development, content and technical assistance, a great deal of the need in the field is being filled by consultants. The Early Childhood Consultant Interest Forum is a magnet for independent professional development, content development, and organizational consultants, as well as authors and product developers.
- Robert Gundling - [email protected]
- Dr. Carlena Vaden - [email protected]
Infant Toddler Professionals
The mission of the Infant Toddler Professionals Interest Group is to facilitate the delivery of the highest quality of care for children in the first 3 years of life by uniting infant and toddler professionals, creating networking opportunities to exchange information and resources that facilitate quality programs, and successfully addressing challenges and issues that surround quality care for the very youngest children and their families.
Kindergarten Interest Forum
The mission of the Kindergarten Interest Forum is to provide opportunities for kindergarten teachers and other educators to join together to address early childhood issues specific to kindergarten.
Laboratory Schools Interest Forum
The mission of the Laboratory Schools Interest Forum is to connect laboratory schools and encourage dialogue about our current goals and challenges. College and university laboratory schools have the unique distinction of simultaneously modeling developmentally appropriate practice in an early childhood program while providing professional development for current and future early childhood educators. Our goal is to become a leading voice within the early childhood community, advocating for the value and survival of laboratory schools nationwide.
- Amber Tankersley - [email protected]