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Early Childhood

Lorraine is a founding member of the Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley.

The Institute is a community of educators who meet monthly to discuss early childhood pedagogy. Our conversations are shaped by sharing, inquiry, thinking, reflection, stories and teachers learning from teachers.

Our conversations are guided by our beliefs:

·         We view young children as citizens and believe they are whole and capable, rich with ideas and theories.

·         We view teachers as creative intelligent collaborators, researchers and lifelong learners. 

·         We believe the wellness and growth of children and teachers is intimately linked.

·         We believe early childhood pedagogy is an applied science and an expressive art. 



In 2011, Lorraine received a grant from NSN and partnered with Dutchess Community College Day Care Center to present Reach for the Stars: Developing a Culture of Storytelling with Early Childhood Educators and Families, a program to help teachers and parents learn the value of oral language and develop their skills as storytellers.




Image of a dancing childREACH FOR THE STARS – Encouraging Emergent Readers One Story at a Time
Discover the joy of telling stories. In this participatory workshop, Lorraine will explore the many ways to use storytelling in classrooms and daycare facilities. Participants are encouraged to play with familiar stories from the oral tradition and combine them with personal experience to develop an easy, readily available repertoire to use with children.



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