Early Childhood Education Leading the Way

Last week I had the pleasure to provide a brief welcome to a state-wide early childhood education professional development event organized and led by PVCC early childhood faculty Christie Colunga and Ana Stigsson.  Not only was the event remarkable as evidenced by the internationally known presenters – Dr. Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision , University of College London and Mariana Castagnetti, with the Reggio Children Center (she Skyped in live from Italy), but the event epitomized what is best about bringing learning live in a learning-centered college. The session focused on understanding the contributions of Loris Malaguzzi and the schools of Reggio Emilia.

At the highest levels, early childhood education epitomizes positive social change. The driving premise is that all children in Arizona under the age of five are provided access to the very best and enriching learning opportunities. In order for this aspirational goal to be realized, professionals whom work in the early childhood arena must be ably prepared with the most current and effective learning strategies and approaches. PVCC’s early childhood education is a primary provider of such professional development.

Please join me in recognizing Christie and Ana as they clearly and effectively demonstrate the delivery of employee and organizational learning in order to achieve the needed positive social change in support of the education and learning of young children in Arizona.