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Thursday, November 15 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Early Childhood Education- Lessons from the Past and Possibilities for the Future

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Study after study reaches the conclusion that early childhood education has a tremendous impact on life outcomes. Yet only 51% of 3-and-4-year-olds in the US are enrolled in full-day preprimary programs, with no improvement in the last 15 years. In this session, educators from the front lines will talk about the latest thinking in early childhood education. Along with educational planners and architects, they will review three projects designed to support early childhood education and how these spaces do or do not meet the needs of early learners. One project has been in operation for nearly a decade, one opened in 2017, and one is in the early planning stages. Participants will hear about approaches from three different districts in Virginia, understand best practices and lessons learned from these projects, and engage in a dialogue about the opportunities and challenges ahead.


Maria Bninski

Associate, VMDO Architects
Maria has been a member of the VMDO team since 2010. Through her work on a recent Capacity Study for Charlottesville City Schools, she has worked with CCS to design options for expanding early childhood learning district-wide. She will present findings from her research on early childhood... Read More →

Kelly Callahan

Principal, VMDO Architects
Kelly plays a key role in shepherding VMDO’s K12 education projects from conception to completion. She places high priority in design on a sense of place, definitions of public space, and the resolution of a building as a built object. Most recently, she oversaw the design and management... Read More →

Dr. Scott Kizner

Superintendent, Stafford County Public Schools
Dr. Kizner has more than 18 years of experience serving as a school superintendent. He is currently the Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools. Prior to coming to Stafford County Dr. Kizner served as superintendent in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Previous to that, he... Read More →

Wyck Knox

Principal, VMDO Architects
Wyck is a nationally-recognized leader in the design of high performance learning spaces that blend thoughtful design with sustainable goals to deliver added value for clients and users. Through his work on Manassas Park Elementary School and Pre-K, Wyck contributed to VMDO’s first... Read More →


Teresa Ellison

Member, Buena Vista City

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EST
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