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Catawba's November Community Forum Focuses on A Child's First Five Formative Years

November 06, 2012

Category: Evening & Graduate, Events, Teacher Education


PhotoLearn why birth to five years of age are a child's most formative years at Catawba College's November Community Forum.

Deborah K. Howell, M.Ed., Assistant Director at Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center in Salisbury, will be the keynote speaker at the event scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Tom Smith Auditorium on the Catawba campus.

"A common misconception," Howell says, "is that caring for young children, birth through five, is easy and just babysitting. This is absolutely NOT the case. Teaching in the Early Care and Education field is quite possibly the most demanding job one can have. Caring and teaching for children birth-five can have the greatest impact on a child's development and future learning experiences as well as school success. "

 Howell has 20 years of experience working in the Early Care and Education field. Her earliest experience was in the Head Start classroom as a teacher, before she joined Partners in Learning as Assistant Director in 2005. She studied Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received her Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development in Birth-Kindergarten, from UNC-Greensboro in 2012. The Community Forum, which is free and open to the public, offers an informative look at a critically important, but all too often neglected stage in every child's education and development.


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