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Lectures Mark Week of the Young Child at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 7, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College will mark The Week of the Young Child, April 14-18, with several lectures related to childhood and early childhood education. The lectures, held in Higbee Hall, Room 100, on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, are free and open to the public and will be:

  • “The Act of Storytelling” Monday, April 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. - This one-hour workshop on storytelling techniques will be presented by Dee Wind, a professional storyteller who has performed around the world for the past 20 years, and her husband, Frank Wind.

  • “In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness” Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. – Author and former Albany Free School director Chris Mercogliano will lead a seminar on how to prepare children for adulthood by protecting their passion and curiosity and cultivating their discovery of unique talents and inclinations. Mercogliano is the author of “In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness.”

  • “Discovering Cultural Similarities and Differences in Children” Wednesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. – A panel of international students from the college will discuss cultural similarities and differences from their childhoods in different countries.

  • “Acting, Not Reacting: Responding to Children’s Behavior” Thursday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. – Teacher Preparation Department Chairperson Nancy T. Cupolo will explore why children can act stubborn, kind, defiant and loving, all in the same day. The seminar will offer practical strategies that parents and teachers can use to guide children’s behavior in a positive way.

  • “Identifying Children at Risk” Friday, April 18, noon to 1 p.m. - Brenda Rowlett, a counselor working with the Office of Children and Family Services for the past 20 years, will share her experiences working with juvenile girls and the behavioral indicators exhibited by young children at risk.

Hudson Valley’s Teacher Preparation Department offers an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a certificate for those seeking employment as teaching assistants.

The Week of the Young Child is a sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a national organization which focuses on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.