Focused on Interactivity

Focused on InteractiveThe School for Young Children is a model preschool site that successfully delivers professional development opportunities. The School is accessible to families, early childhood educators, college and high school students, and community leaders for early childhood resources and exposure to quality learning environments. We offer a wide array of experiences including workshops, observational tours, newsletter distribution, and access to our professional Resource Room.

The School hosts a variety of professional development events each year.

WorkshopsWorkshops are designed with practicing teachers in mind. Workshop facilitators are active practitioners in the field and relate topics to relevant tools such as The Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks and NAEYC accreditation. They offer concrete examples and ideas that can be put to use in classrooms the very next day. The workshops are a popular and established part of the region's early childhood professional development calendar.

Workshops are scheduled in the fall and spring each year.

Annual SymposiumThe annual Keefe-Bruyette Symposium, held on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph, promises to be an inspiring day of learning about investigations in mathematics and science inquiry in the early childhood and elementary classroom. National education experts, as well as experienced classroom teachers, offer hands-on workshops about math and science teaching.

The symposium is typically held every third Monday in March. See the event schedule for the date of the next symposium.

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of Gene F. Bruyette H'04, Kathleen Barry Bruyette '49, the late Harry Keefe, and Anita Keefe, long-time educational philanthropists.

Resource RoomThe School for Young Children's Resource Room offers early childhood education professionals, as well as families, access to educational information. A wide array of books, articles, brochures, videos, and curricular models are available. Additional resources are on site to support educators in the development of curriculum and in seeking NAEYC accreditation status.

Open House events are held throughout the year offering professionals and families access to the Resource Room.

Professional NewsletterThe School publishes a newsletter as a way to disseminate information about effective teaching practices, classroom environments and curriculum. Articles written by school staff, illustrated with photographs, share classroom experiences, ideas and challenges. Newsletters are distributed to early childhood programs and agencies across the state.

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of our School for Young Children professional newsletter   (PDF: 3pp., 1.18MB).

Observation ToursThe School for Young Children was founded as a laboratory school, designed for observation. There are large windows into the classrooms for viewing and materials on display specifically for visitors. Our literacy rich classrooms feature defined learning centers and engaging materials to support learning goals. Tours of the facility allow participants to observe model early childhood education environments, teaching practices, displays and activities.

Early childhood education professionals from a variety of organizations throughout the State are invited to contact us to schedule a tour.