Defending the Early Years, an early childhood education initiative launched by Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Dr. Ed Miller, and BU Wheelock professor Dr. Diane Levin, will sponsor three events at the upcoming National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference in Washington, DC:
- Defending the Early Years: Promoting Quality Experiences and Equitable Policies in Your Classroom, School, Local Community, and Beyond: A panel featuring Denisha Jones, Michelle Gunderson, Bianca Tanis, and Lakisha Reid. Thursday, Nov. 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
- Essentials of Play Today? Special Challenges, Special Opportunities. Facilitating Diverse Children’s Optimal Development and Learning through Play in the Midst of the Complexities of Today’s World: A workshop presentation featuring DEY Senior Advisor Diane Levin. Convention Ctr Rm 154AB. Thursday, Nov. 15, 3:00-4:30 pm.
- DEY’s Fifth Annual Organizing Meeting– featuring DEY Senior Advisor Diane Levin, DEY Co-Director Blakely Bundy, DEY Director of Organizing Denisha Jones, DEY National Advisory Board member Michelle Gunderson, and other activists. Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30-9 pm at the Marriott Marquis in the Capitol Room.
As described on their website, Defending the Early Years (DEY) is a “non-profit organization working for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child. DEY publishes reports, makes mini-documentaries, issues position statements, advocates on policy, and has an active website full of resources, blogs, and activist steps for early childhood educators.” Currently, Dr. Levin is the organization’s senior advisor.
NAEYC members and non-members attending the conference are invited to take part in these three events. Further information about the conference is available via the NAEYC website.