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The Higher Education Summit Vision

The vision for our efforts is a clear educational pathway and seamless transition from entry in the field through a baccalaureate degree will be available for early childhood educators and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO scholars whose goal is to teach and/or support the education of children birth to 3rd grade.

Ohio’s Early Childhood Higher Education Summit 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Topic: Speaker:
Welcome Session


Keynote Presentation Dr. Calvin Moore, CEO, Council for Professional Recognition
State of Child Care / Early Childhood Workforce Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Invited)
Faculty as First Responders (Reducing Student Stress) Debra Berke, Sharon Obasi, Dorothy Berglund & Chad Nunamaker, National Council on Family Relations
Thursday, September 23, 2021 – 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Topic: Speaker:
Advancing Quality Early Learning in Ohio: Communications and Advocacy Training Julia Jackels, Groundwork Ohio
Advancing Quality ECE Higher Education Mary Harrill, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Workforce Recruitment and Retention Innovations with Administrator Panel Katherine Falen (Moderator) & Panel Guests
Friday, September 24, 2021 – 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Topic: Speaker:
High Schools to Careers Denise Bishop, The Children’s Forum (FL)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Organization focus Jennifer Adair, Esq., Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Higher Education Danielle Bonds, University of Cincinnati

This year’s Early Childhood Higher Education Summit is scheduled for September 22 – 24, 2021.  This virtual event will feature state and national speakers.  Click here to register!

Last Year’s 2020 Summit

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