New Event Celebrates Early Educators in the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2020) — Early childhood education professionals spend their days serving young children and families, ensuring that children learn and grow in safe, healthy, stimulating environments during a critical phase of development.
A new event — the 2020 DC Early Educator Experience (DC Early Ed X) — will recognize their important work and bring early childhood educators together for a full day of learning, networking, advocacy and celebration. The event — set for Saturday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. — is open to all early childhood educators who work in the District of Columbia, including teachers, assistant teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, directors and principals.
DC Early Ed X is hosted by three professional organizations — District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC), District of Columbia Head Start Association (DCHSA) and D.C. Family Child Care Association (DCFCCA) — with support from the Bethesda, Maryland-based Bainum Family Foundation and other sponsors.
According to Marica Cox Mitchell, Director of Early Learning at the Bainum Family Foundation, most states have an annual conference or convening that is created by and for early educators. The District didn’t have one, so the Foundation partnered with the host organizations to create one.
“Early childhood educators are better able to support the learning and development of the District’s youngest residents when they have the knowledge and resources they need to be effective,” she says. “This exciting event kicks off the District’s Month of the Young Child in April and provides an opportunity for early childhood educators to strengthen their practice and advocacy skills.”
At DC Early Ed X, participants will:
- Earn professional development “clock hours” and learn new practices
- Practice advocacy skills and be heard
- Expand their professional networks
- Celebrate themselves and their fellow early childhood educators
- Take time for some much-needed self-care
- Win surprise giveaways
Professional development sessions will take place in four zones, based on participants’ roles: Birth to Age 3, Pre-K to Grade 3, Administrators and Home-Based Early Learning.
“Early childhood educators typically have limited opportunities to feel honored and empowered for the work they do,” says Kathy Hollowell-Makle, Executive Director of DCAEYC. “DC Early Ed X will be both fun and educational and will spotlight the vital role these educators play not just in the lives of children and families but also in the overall well-being of our community.”
Early educators can learn more and register for DC Early Ed X at https://dcearlyedx.org. Registration will be open through Friday, March 27. The registration fee is $30.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Anyone interested in supporting local early educators by being a sponsor of the event can learn more here.
Senior Director of Communications
Bainum Family Foundation