Early Childhood National Summit

Early childhood studies is one of the highest priorities at the University of Florida. Campuswide, faculty from many disciplines are focusing their efforts to collaboratively address the grand challenges facing young children who are most vulnerable and their families. In February 2017, this momentum spurred us to bring together many of the nation’s renowned researchers, educators, scholars, policy makers and leaders for an early childhood national summit, Starting Ahead. Staying Ahead.

Symposium Series: Turnbull Disability Policy and Advocacy

In concert with the School of Special Education, School of Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, Rud and Ann Turnbull, co-founders of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas, led the inaugural symposium with a day of discussion, collaboration and identification of action around core concepts in disability and early childhood policy and family partnerships.

Symposium Series: Goffin Workforce Professionalization

Stacie G. Goffin, Ed.D., delivered a keynote presentation and led focused discussions dedicated to identifying what it means to be a professional field of practice. We considered conversations with intent and follow-up actions, strategies and resources will be needed to recognize early childhood education as a professional field.

Symposium Series: An Evening with David Lawrence Jr.

David Lawrence Jr. recently returned to the University of Florida campus for an inspirational evening in celebration of our children and community. During the event, Lawrence discussed his new book “A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child” as well as his career in journalism and his dedication to education over the years.