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Sep 21

Celebrating the Straus Center

Event Description

Straus Center

Practical Perspectives on the Future of Early Childhood

To celebrate the launch of the Straus Center for Young Children & Families, Bank Street will host a panel discussion on the opportunities ahead in the field of early childhood education, moderated by our graduate faculty member Virginia Casper, with alumni practitioners working in a variety of child care and educational settings. The event will feature a keynote presentation from New York University professor Lawrence Aber, an expert in child development and social policy.

This will be a hopeful conversation about opportunities in educating young children and supporting their families now and in the future with a lens toward both policy and practice.

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Introductory Comments
Shael Polakow-Suransky

Dr. Lawrence Aber, Board Chair for NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change

Panel Discussion
Virginia Casper will moderate a conversation with four Bank Street graduates currently working with young children and families in various settings who will provide their practical perspectives on the opportunities they see in the field.


  • Kristina Satchell, ’13, Educational Coordinator for the Columbia University Early Head Start
  • Takiema Bunche Smith, ’97 - Director, FirstStepNYC Early Education Leadership Institute, SCO Family of Services
  • Yasmin Dorrian, ’13 - Special Instructor, Early Interventionist
  • Anat Weisenfreund, ’95 - Director, Parent-Child Development Center, Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions, Massachusetts
This event will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.

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