The Importance of Love in Early Childhood
“The word philanthropy comes from ancient Greek,
meaning “love [phila] of the human [anthropos].”
Inspired by The Reverend Bill Gannon’s opening remarks at last year’s Turrell Fund Day for Children, we have chosen ‘love’ for this year’s theme. Whether it is self-love, love of neighbors or love of our planet, there is no better time to foster affection, compassion and understanding than in the earliest years.
We are delighted to welcome Junlei Li, senior fellow of the Fred Rogers Center and faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education, as our guest speaker. To learn about Dr. Junlei Li click HERE.
Keynote: Dr. Li will lead us through an exploration of the importance of love and kindness in early childhood. He will show how the power of human connection plays a key role in the healthy social emotional development of children and how the simplest of acts can sometimes have the deepest impact. Dr. Li will discuss how extending these connections to adults can help us to be good neighbors.
The day will also feature:
- An update from Governor Scott on the State’s Early Childhood Initiatives
- Stories from the Field: Individuals will share from their own experiences what love and kindness have to do with young children’s early learning and development. The segment is inspired by the Moth Radio Hour, and will be presented without written notes, slides, videos or other visuals.
- Afternoon electives (see below)
Following lunch, you may choose from four simultaneous sessions:
- Elective 1: Helping the Helpers – This workshop is focused on how we can support children’s helpers (educators, caregivers, families) by looking at, listening to, and thinking about simple, everyday interactions in early learning settings.Dr. Junlei Li, Harvard Graduate School of Education. *
- Elective 2: Cultivating Joy & Wonder – Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood. This will include a visit to the dairy, market garden and woodlands by wagon or on foot. Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms
- Elective 3: Why Aristotle Matters in Early Childhood – An exploration of how Aristotle’s different concepts of love can be fostered in early childhood. Justin Kiczek, Turrell Fund
- Elective 4: Loving Each Other into New Possibilities – This interactive session explores love in action. What seeds might you “love into possibility” in your life/work? Through reflective practices, we will cultivate connections and action able love lists. Trish Alley & Holly Wilkinson, WholeHeart
*The Helping the Helpers workshop is co-sponsored by Let’s Grow Kids and Turrell Fund. It is included in the Northern Lights at CCV training registry and calendar.
Reception: We’ll close out the day in convivial fashion with a reception following the workshops. This is an opportunity to have conversations with colleagues, funders and speakers, and to share delicious local food, brews and wine.
For a copy of the invitation and full agenda, click HERE.