Sugar and spice? Puppy dog tails? Revisiting gender roles

By Jane Brown, director of Early Childhood at Hathaway Brown School Being a politically correct parent of two little girls in the mid-1980’s, I was mightily influenced by the theory that innate differences in how children play are simply the result of societal expectations. We were told as parents (and taught as educators) that boys and… Read More Sugar and spice? Puppy dog tails? Revisiting gender roles

For the Birds: Restoration, Exploration, and Creative Play in Nature of Early Childhood Learners

Imagine a place on campus dedicated to helping our youngest learners cultivate their innate sense of wonder about the natural world. A place where they can watch the ferns come up in the spring and the birds return as the days grow warmer. A place where they can root under leaf litter and dig in the… Read More For the Birds: Restoration, Exploration, and Creative Play in Nature of Early Childhood Learners

The First 2000 Days Revisited

As an early childhood educator, I have been following the “First 2000 Days” project (a year-long Cleveland Connects initiative of Northeast Ohio Media Group, The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. and Ideastream), with significantly greater interest than I have been giving other media highlights. The research findings that frame the project, in fact, support very different… Read More The First 2000 Days Revisited