Creative Brain Institute Drives Early Education Professional Development

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Explore+Discover Launches CBI to explore early brain development in children.

The Creative Brain Institute is a forum for innovative and inspired thinking on development and creativity in infant-toddler education.

Explore+Discover, a leader in early education and childcare for infants and toddlers, will launch the inaugural meeting of the Creative Brain Institute (CBI) later this month, bringing together leading authorities on early brain development and creativity to promote professional growth of early education teachers.

The keynote presenters at this year’s CBI include:

  • JoAnn Deak, an educator, psychologist and author of four books on related issues, will speak on brain research in children to age five.
  • Ann Lewin Benham, a teacher educator, school founder and children’s museum pioneer, will address the Reggio Emilia approach to early education.
  • Dr. Johanna Herwitz, a New York State Licensed clinical psychologist, will present: "Respectful, Reciprocal and Responsive Infant Care for Professional Caregivers"
  • Dr. Mary Jo Ward, an Associate Research Professor of Psychology in Pediatrics and Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital, who speak on Attachment Theory.

Note: Limited press attendance will be available for presentations by JoAnn Deak,
Ann Lewin Benham and Dr. Johanna Herwitz.

The two-week event will run from August 25 to September 5 and it will coincide with the opening of Explore+Discover’s first early education and daycare center in New York at 444 Second Avenue (26th Street). The 5,000-square-foot facility is designed to support children three months to 23 months old and includes eight classrooms, a community gathering space and a private outdoor play area, among other features.

E+D’s comprehensive approach to early education and childcare includes a highly trained staff, an arts-oriented, responsive curriculum and an innovative environment that is specifically geared to support the care and learning process of infants and toddlers. The combined impact promotes social, physical and cognitive growth.

The CBI’s inaugural session will include a range of workshops and keynote addresses regarding the brain, child development, creativity, infant and toddler care and many subjects that are relevant to classroom life. This year’s program will be directed exclusively to Explore+Discover’s staff. But the CBI is expected to grow in scope and impact in the coming years.

“The Creative Brain Institute is a forum for innovative and inspired thinking on development and creativity in infant-toddler education,” said Renee Bock, CBI founder and E+D’s Education Director. “We’ve invited some of the best minds in early education to encourage a thoughtful vision of the child and provide our staff with tools to nurture, explore and create alongside our children and families.”

During the next five years as the CBI expands, Explore+Discover expects to open more than 20 other centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Each center will include the same core philosophy, facilities and operational approach. These elements include:

  • Approximately 80 to 90 students per facility
  • Innovative environments
  • Private outdoor play areas
  • Three teachers per classroom
  • An arts-oriented curriculum

About Explore+Discover

Explore+Discover is dedicated to setting the standard for infant and toddler care and education—an experience of natural discovery where children thrive as confident, creative learners. Headquartered in New York, N.Y., Explore+Discover is a member of the Koffler Family-owned group of education businesses, K3 Learning. The Kofflers are specialists in early childhood education, daycare, college preparatory support and special needs education. In the last 30 years they have helped transform the education landscape by creating many iconic brands that have helped thousands of children and their families.

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