April 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

School of Education Hosts Screening of Documentary ‘Beyond Babysitting,’ April 17

Arcadia University School of Education hosts a special screening of Beyond Babysitting, Wednesday, April 17, in the Commons Great Room. This new documentary, produced by the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, follows several early care and education professionals at Brightside Academy over the course of three years to document how a child care program moves from a low-quality (babysitting) to a high quality early education program. The film explores why the stakes are so high for children who are at-risk of educational failure, and how that can impact society as a whole.

The film begins at 7 p.m.; a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. precedes the film. A panel discussion, led by Beyond Babysitting narrator and DVAEYC Community Services Program Manager Tyrone Scott, will then examine the challenges and opportunities faced each day by early childhood education professionals and parents/guardians of young children.

“Research overwhelmingly shows that at-risk children who attend high quality early learning programs do better in school, are less likely to repeat a grade or require special education services; are more likely to graduate high school and attend college; have higher earnings; and are more productive citizens,” said Sharon Easterling, executive director, DVAEYC . “We produced the film to help the public understand that our child care system must be transformed into an early learning system—if we have any hope of being successful in K-12 and closing the achievement gap.”

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