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                                   Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Welcome to the eighth annual 92Y Wonderplay Conference.

Preview what promises to be a rich day of learning for you and your colleagues.

The Power of the Teacher-Child Relationship: Encouraging, Inspiring, Transforming

Fri, Nov 14, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, and Sat, Nov 15, 9 am-1 pm               


Conference Fee

Friday: $245 per person
Friday and Saturday: $285 per person
Group Rate for 20 or more: $200 per person for Friday AND Saturday

FRI, NOV 14, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM


  • Why the Early Years Matter 
    Dr. Samuel Meisels, founding director, Buffett Early Childhood Institute

  • Listening to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom: The Art of Creating Teaching Conversations That Matter 
    Dr. Gillian McNamee, faculty, Erikson Institute

Teacher Award

Presentation of 92Y Vivian Gussin Paley Award for Early Childhood Excellence

92Y Wonderplay Honoree

Lella Gandini, Reggio Children US liaison

Breakout sessions include reflections and Q&A with keynote speakers, and additional lectures, seminars and workshops presented by educational leaders, researchers and master teachers.

Returning speakers include JoAnn Deak, Catherine Steiner Adair, Lydia Soifer, and Vivian Paley, who are joined by many new and dynamic presenters from the early childhood field.

SAT, NOV 15, 9 AM-1 PM

New York City Encounters with Reggio Emilia Presents...

Dialogue of Two Cities: NYC and Reggio Emilia—Exploring Quality Early Childhood Education for All Children

Spend the morning learning from renowned speakers about how their area of expertise feeds into the dialogue between NYC and Reggio Emilia surrounding the need for quality early childhood education for all.


Lella Gandini, Reggio Children liaison in the U.S. for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia approach, will be speaking from the perspective of the Reggio Emilia educational project. Sophia Pappas, executive director of the early childhood department at NYC DOE, will be speaking about quality pre-K in New York City.

Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Department at NYC DOE will be speaking about quality pre-K in NYC.

James Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, will be speaking about the economic and societal impact of quality early education.

Jerome Bruner, preeminent thinker, author and educator, will be tying all these pieces together.

Attendees will be able to engage in small breakout groups to discuss these ideas and others in depth with colleagues from across the education, policy and artistic communities.

This professional development initiative is related to the presence in New York City of The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children, An Exhibition of the infant-toddler centers and preschools of the Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, coordinated by Reggio Children in collaboration with the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA).

For registration questions, email or call 212.415.5648.


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This event is underwritten by Jennifer and Marc Lipschultz.