MIAMI (April 16, 2014) – The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education (the Center) has partnered with Early Childhood Investigations, an ongoing professional development series of webinars for early childhood professionals, to provide the START KIDS BRIGHT webinar series. The webinar series sponsored by the Center highlights best practices in early learning through five webinars on the topics of community engagement, dual language learning, interactions between children and teachers, and infant and toddler education.

The goal of this series is to equip early childhood practitioners nationwide with the necessary tools to elevate the quality of early education in their communities.  The series will feature nationwide presenters, including: Judy Jablon, author of Powerful Interactions; Dr. Peter Mangione, co-director of the Center for Child and Family Studies; and Dr. Alison Gopnik, author of Scientist in the Crib and The Philosophical Baby.

The upcoming seminar is The Philosopical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life, presented by Alison Gopnik, on September 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST. Register for the free webinar here.

After the webinars take place, recordings and slideshows will be available online:

Learning in Two Langauges in Early Childhood: What Every Early Childhood Professional Needs to Know, presented by Mileidis Gort. Click here to watch or here to download slides from the webinar.

We are In This Together: Quick Tips to Keep Families, Staff and Communities Engaged, presented by Luisa Cotto, M.Ed. Click here to watch or here to download slides from the webinar.

About the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education

The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education is an innovative learning, teaching, and training initiative dedicated to elevating the quality of early care and education in Miami-Dade County and beyond. The Center models proven best practices, and shares those practices with adult learners including parents, educators, and child care providers. The Center also works with business leaders and lawmakers to raise the standards of early childhood education, and support sustainable and lasting change. For more information, visit