10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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Event: Online Series: Finding Our Way to a New Normal Through Professional Practice

The Benefit of the Mix: Exploring Mixed Age Grouping with Lisa Murphy

"Although children are not born in litters, we seem to insist they be educated in them" - Lilian Katz

Join Lisa Murphy for an interactive exploration of the many social and intellectual benefits of mixed age groupings in early childhood programs. Lisa will be tapping into the historical work of Lillian Katz and the more modern work of Peter Gray. Lisa will give an overview of the benefits and will share success stories. During the session there will also be time to discuss potential challenges or concerns regarding "the mix" as well as opportunities to brainstorm strategies for the successful creation of a mixed age setting.


Facilitator Biography: Lisa Murphy, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist/ Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.

Lisa Murphy has been in the field of early childhood education for 30 years; she is the oldest of five, grew up in a family child care home and eventually moved from being the neighborhood babysitter while in high school to being a nanny for many families while attending college. She has spent most of her adult/professional life teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Starts, elementary schools, private preschools, family child care homes, Park and Rec centers, group homes and many child care centers.

Lisa has an M.Ed. (2013) in early childhood education from Champlain College in Vermont. She has authored five books, produced dozens of teacher training DVD’s, is a popular keynote speaker at educational conferences and a frequent guest on many early childhood related podcasts. Her standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their information, humor, inspiration and energetic delivery. Frequently asked if she has ever been a stand up comic, Lisa practices what she preaches by blending the learning with the laughing.

When she's not doing LIVE or ONLINE gigs you will find her taking long walks, reading, sharing time with her boyfriend Pablo and dog baby Kane, or cooking up a storm and posting foodie pics on Instagram. She thanks you for bringing her to your event today!


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August 27, 2020
6:30 PM



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