Edison College has confirmed Dr. David Elkind as the keynote speaker for the 2006 Early Learning Symposium to be held in conjunction with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida at the Edison College Lee County campus on October 28.
Elkind is a professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts and an expert on cognitive and social development in children, the causes and effects of stress on children, and youth and families in general. He is considered an authority in the field and has written several books, including "The Hurried Child: Growing up Too Fast Too Soon," "Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk," and "All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis."
"We designed this symposium to be for parents as well as people who work with young children," says Elaine Schaeffer, coordinator of the Edison College early childhood education program. "The term 'young child' refers to children from birth through age 8. Anyone who has children or works with children that age will get invaluable information during the symposium from one of the leading experts in the field today.'
The theme of the Early Learning Symposium is "The Positive Power of Play" and in addition to Elkind will include others speakers on related topics. Sponsors include Edison College; the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida; Florida Gulf Coast University; the Edison College Foundation; the Associations for the Education of Young Children in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier Counties; Child Care of Southwest Florida and Barry University.
The cost is just $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The Early Learning Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 28 at the Barbara B. Mann performing arts hall on the Edison College campus in Fort Myers beginning at 8:00 a.m. A complete schedule and registration information will be available soon.