HARRISBURG, PA — The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) will hold its annual Early Learning Conference for early education providers from Monday, March 20, 2023, through Friday, March 24, 2023. Since 2021, this event has been virtual to allow participants to learn on their own time when school staffing shortages can cause issues in finding time for an in-person conference.
This year’s conference was developed through the work of TFEC’s Early Education Initiative, Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13, South Middleton School District, First Start Partnerships for Children and Families, and the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County. The mission of the TFEC Early Education Initiative is to cultivate, convene, and strengthen community opportunities for growth, safety, and wellness for all children.
The 2023 Early Learning Conference keynote speakers are co-authors Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski of, “When You Wonder, You’re Learning.” In so many ways, Fred Rogers was a learning scientist who was decades ahead of his time; and his lessons are more important than ever for educators, parents, and caring adults everywhere as they endeavor to support “atmospheres for learning” that our children and youth so desperately need and deserve. Behr and Rydzewski capture Mister Rogers’ blueprints for learning in their book. These blueprints are so much more than nostalgic; they’re instructive about remaking learning experiences that meet this very moment right now—in early learning centers, in schools, and in our very own Neighborhoods.
The virtual Early Learning Conference sessions will be made available to participants on Monday, March 20 to view anytime through Friday, March 24. Act 48 and PQAS hours will be offered. New this year, there will be no additional fee for the ACT 48 credit hours. Visit www.tfec.org/earlyed-conference to learn more.
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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCING COMMUNITIES
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), the 18th oldest community foundation in the United States, inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations. TFEC has been serving the South-Central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area for 102 years. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Community Foundation. For more information on TFEC, please visit www.tfec.org.