Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning will bring together community leaders in five diverse cities to spark a dialogue about early learning through the arts. The project, funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is being implemented in partnership between Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a national leader in early childhood arts integration; and the Institute for Child Success (ICS) an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization.
The goals of the project are to:
- Convene key stakeholders in the arts, education, business, social services, and philanthropy
- Facilitate meaningful conversations about the effectiveness of early childhood arts integration
- Foster the creation of actionable plans to incorporate the arts into early childhood classrooms
Wolf Trap and ICS will host symposia in each of the following cities, focusing on a different topic relevant to early childhood education and the arts:
Topic: Inclusive Learning Through the Arts
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janice Gruendel, Fellow, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University
Dr. Janice Gruendel is a fellow at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, where she supports the development of the MOMS Partnership, a New Haven and Yale-hosted initiative for low-income mothers with young children. Dr. Gruendel is also a fellow at the Institute for Child Success, where she focuses her work on influencing policy on service delivery for adult caregivers and young children.
Topic: STEM and Family Engagement
Topic: Social & Emotional Development