Nationally renowned early learning organization, HighScope, chooses United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education to hold national conference

Published by on 3/9/2011

The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education hosted “Positive Outcomes using HighScope,” a national HighScope conference aimed at teaching best practices of early education to early childcare professionals. 

Guests were also privileged with Keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Tompkins, certified HighScope consultant, Harvard graduate and Harbor Springs Public Schools superintendent.  Tompkins emphasized that educators must be aware of each child’s unique nature and thus ensure that children are at the core of all curriculums. 

More than 200 early childhood educators gathered at the Center for the conference.  Those in attendance spent the day learning, sharing and networking, with HighScope master teachers and other early education professionals, who shared their successful techniques for achieving positive outcomes among children of all abilities.

“It was such an honor for the national HighScope organization to choose the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education as a host site,” Gladys Montes, vice president, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, said. 

Throughout the seminar, attendees chose presentations in Spanish and English in tracks for infant-toddler and preschool staff; trained with master teachers from the Miami area who are using the HighScope Curriculum in their centers; toured the Center and its Demonstration School and even earned CEUs and Master Plan Points.  During breakout sessions, the Center’s Demonstration School master teachers discussed how they are currently using HighScope curriculum in the classrooms.


The HighScope Educational Research Foundation, an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public advocacy organization located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was founded in 1970 by Dr. David P. Weikart. The Foundation’s principal goals are to promote the learning and development of children worldwide from infancy through adolescence and to support and train educators and parents as they help children learn. In a HighScope program, students learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas.

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 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.