Early Education Symposium reaches Kansas City professionals

Educare Kansas City hosted its second Early Education Symposium on Thursday, February 11.

Sixty attendees representing 16 different early education programs attended workshops about building rapport with families, using found materials to enhance the classroom environment, and integrating music and movement in early education programs.

The event was part of Educare’s efforts to share its practices with the early childhood field to ensure that more children have access to high-quality early learning.

Master teachers Kelli Roehr and Kate Willaredt and teachers Emily Ottinger and Jamie Walters, presented the workshops. Volunteer Bonnie Rudzinski, who provides music and movement classes to children on a weekly basis, presented as well. The event was sponsored by Constructive Playthings and included dinner and door prizes for attendees.

School staff received positive feedback from attendees. ”I definitely intend to put more thought into my interactions with families and I can’t wait to play more music with my kids tomorrow!” said one attendee.

The evening also included a tour of Educare Kansas City classrooms. “It was nice to see another center and see how it was set up,” another attendee wrote. “I got some ideas to take back to our school.”

School staff are planning the next Early Education Symposium for the summer.