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Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School

On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on the importance of emotional, cognitive and social early learning for children’s lifelong well-being and success at the 2018 China Education Symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Education, entitled “Where We Started, Where We Are Heading.”

In this year’s conference, more than 30 top scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from all over the world gathered at Harvard Graduate School of Education to share their knowledge and expertise with more than 400 attendees including scholars and students from Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and other top US universities and research institutions. Guests and participants also included researchers, scholars, and practitioners from different education sectors all over the Greater China region.

"I was really struck by the international interest in our emotional, cognitive and social early approach for young children. I think fueling that interest is the growing global recognition of the importance of developing core competencies like emotional competence, empathy and self-regulation and how important it is to work on building that foundation from birth," said Dr. Housman.

In addition to her morning speech, Dr. Housman led an afternoon seminar on early childhood education that was attended by numerous attendees. Other panels addressed International Education, STEAM Education, Higher Education, Rural Education, and Ed Tech and Big Data. In addition to panel discussions, there was also a variety of interactive workshops and activities, such as Education Career Fair, MakerSpace, CES EdStory Talk, Documentary Filming and School Visit.

"Dr. Housman's presentation was a great success," commented Early Childhood Education Panel Manager Jingyi Ke. "Of particular interest seemed to be Dr. Housman's ability to connect the importance of cognitive with social-emotional learning in early childhood education. In China, in particular, social and emotional learning is garnering increasing interest and the popularity of Dr. Housman's presentation was a clear reflection of that."

The annual symposium was the eighth to take place at Harvard Graduate School of Education and was broadcast live to China.


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Beginnings Children Giving Back

Elizabeth Wilcox

An article in the Weston Town Crier is celebrating Beginnings students giving back.

The November 30, 2017 printed version of the local town newspaper notes that Beginnings students have been donating pajamas to the Pajama Program, an organization founded on the belief that every child, no matter the circumstances, has the right to a good night.

The newspaper quotes Beginnings teacher Linda Lee: "We got to talking one day and the kids were saying how important it was that all kids should get to feel cozy and safe at night. I found the program, Pajama Program, and the kids were really excited to get involved."

Lee's classroom calls their school initiative "Pajamas and Pennies" and the newspaper reports that through it, children donate pajama sets and loose change from home for classroom purchases.

At the time of publication, the program had collected 57 pajamas. Lee says that the final number of pajamas was 69 and that the children were delighted to be a part of an initiative that helps other children enjoy a good night.

Pick up the November 30, 2017 version of the Weston Town Crier to learn more!

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Work of Beginnings Founder Dr. Housman Published in Acclaimed Peer-Review Journal

Elizabeth Wilcox

“Neuroscientific advances demonstrate that the age range from zero to five years old represents a critical window for both learning and teaching, which must involve the development of emotional competence and the growth of self-regulation as a foundation for long-term academic, personal, and social success, promoting mental health and well-being. Recent findings suggest that these capacities emerge from the co-regulation of empathic social and emotional interactions between a caregiver and young child.”

So begins the article “The importance of emotional competence and self-regulation from birth: a case for the evidence-based emotional cognitive social early learning approach” just published by the highly regarded International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy and written by Beginnings School and Child Development Center Founder, Dr. Donna Housman.

Dr. Housman, a clinical psychologist and CEO of the early childhood teacher training, advocacy, and research organization, Housman Institute, is a leader in the field of early childhood education and child psychology. She has over thirty years’ experience in the field, and her work at Beginnings School and Child Development Center has long focused on developing the building blocks of emotional intelligence by promoting self-regulation and emotional competence in children, aged 3 months and 6 years.

The peer-review journal, in which her article was published, disseminates research and analysis regarding major issues of child care and education policy relating to young children and their families to a broad international readership, including policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Dr. Housman’s most recent article highlights the critical foundational role that emotional competence and self-regulation play in children’s development, mental health, well-being and success. The article also points to the growing international consensus on the importance of promoting these competencies in early childhood when social and emotional experiences play a critical role in the growth of the brain’s architecture.

Dr. Housman’s work comes at a time when the need for quality early childhood care is on the rise globally, as is the awareness of the value of that quality early childhood care brings, as documented by the pioneering work of noted economist and Nobel Memorial Prize winner James J. Heckman at the University of Chicago and many others.

Beginnings School is delighted that quality early childhood education is getting the attention it deserves and that its founder and head of teacher training, Dr. Housman, is among those tirelessly advocating for evidence-based early childhood education that actively promotes the growth of emotional, cognitive and social competencies in young children.


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