New York Times, bestselling author speaks to parents/ teachers at Fairfield University

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Educators and parents attended a lecture about early childhood learning on April 27th at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

The guest author was Erika Christakis, an early childhood educator and New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need From Grownups. A former faculty member of the Yale Child Study Center, she has written widely about child development from preschool through the college years. Erika is an honors graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in anthropology, and holds master’s degrees in public health, communication, and early childhood education. She is a Massachusetts-certified teacher (pre-k through 2nd grade) as well as a licensed preschool director. For two years, she wrote a Ideas column and her work has been featured in a number of other venues, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe,, Nightline, Salon, NPR, and the Financial Times. A mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband in New Haven, Connecticut.


The lecture, hosted by the Fairfield University Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions was presented by UWCFC and the following participating preschools:

A Child's Place, Children's Community Development Center, Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool, Community Nursery School, COnservative Synagogue Preschool, Earthplace Nursery School, ELLI at Fairfield University - Stepping Stones Museum, Greenfield Hill Church Nursery School, Green's Farms Aceademy, Green's Farms Nursery School, Learning Community Day School, Saugatuck Nursery School, St. Paul's Christian School- Westport, St. Paul's Nursery School- Fairfield, Southport Congregational Preschool & Toddler, Stepping Stones Preschool - Westport Public Schools, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center, Trinty parish Nursery School, Westport- Weston Cooperative Nursery School.