AVANCE will open Zero to Three’s 2013 National Training Institute (NTI) with a Texas-style welcome reception and a top tier Pre-Institute, presenting with partners Ascend at the Aspen Institute and WGBH Public Broadcasting.
Organized by Zero to Three, NTI is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary conference focusing on cutting-edge research, best practices and policy issues for infants, toddlers and families. The conference annually draws thousands of early childhood practitioners, caregivers and policy makers from across the country. This year, it is being held at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Dec. 12 – 15. AVANCE’s welcome reception and Pre-Institute offer an added incentive to traveling to San Antonio a bit earlier.
Acting as hometown host, AVANCE will share an inside look at the latest in early education policy on the national stage at the Spurs and Saddles Welcome Reception, Dec. 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center’s Lonesome Dove Room. Participants will enjoy private barge rides on San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk while learning about innovative ideas, strategies and lessons learned about working effectively with families in diverse communities from AVANCE and special guest speakers. The reception will also kickoff AVANCE’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Beginning in 1973 with just one program site on the west side of San Antonio, AVANCE now offers its Parent-Child Education Program in 11 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 6,500 families annually.
As one of five Pre-Institutes offered before the NTI begins, AVANCE will offer “Learning through Play: Innovations and Technology for Two-Generation Education”. Experts from AVANCE and Boston’s WGBH, PBS’s single largest producer of Web and TV content, will lead participants through a world of innovative ideas for engaging parents and children through play from interactive toy-making sessions through exciting new media resources. This session will address appropriate uses of technology in multicultural communities to dispel myths and foster discussion around media, play and young children. Participants, encouraged to bring tablets and smart phones, will explore inventive activities for educators and service providers to guide parents and engross the child while introducing socialization, best health practices and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ascend, a policy program at the Aspen Institute, will present a lunchtime session focused on ways to apply a two-generation approach across the early childhood field—from parents to practice to policy.
Register for the Welcome Reception and Pre-Institute today!