Part of New Bedford children's mission involves offering free professional development opportunities to early childhood professionals here in New Bedford. We also host community wide events as a way to collaborate with our community. Events range from hands-on workshops to lectures by guest speakers. See below for more details.
NOTE: During the ongoing pandemic, we are taking every opportunity to safely support New Bedford Children's mission while practicing social distancing. To this end, we will be holding many of our events online. We sincerely thank you for your cooperation and support as the need for ensuring that every child receives a high quality education has never been greater.
July 17, 2021 from 9 AM to 5 PM
Creative Resource Center Grand Opening
Kilburn Mill, Suite 291
Come join us all day for food, drinks, music, raffle prizes and to "Mess About" in the creative learning space we've made for artists and early childhood educators. Acknowledgements, raffle drawing, and ribbon cutting at 3 pm.
This Creative Resource Center was established on the belief that our New Bedford community possesses all the resources needed to support and enrich our cities early childhood sys tem. We know that when we pool together our materials and talents, we have the power to transform our schools for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We can raise up teachers, support families, and give our children the very best start at life possible.
This center is made possible by New Bedford Creative who awarded New Bedford Children a 2021 "Art is Everywhere" Grant. This grant is funded by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) and the Barr Foundation.
Thursdays @ 6:00 PM
Teacher Talk Nights
6:00-8:00PM via Zoom
Facilitated by New Bedford Children
Select Thursdays from 6:00-8:00
Upcoming dates: December 3rd, December 17th
These recurring events are a space for early childhood professionals to come together to chat and receive support. It's a safe space for open dialogue and for sharing struggles and triumphs from inside the classroom. It's a great space to share tips and ask questions about teaching during COVID-19
No registration required
Zoom Link and Information:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 4490 0694
December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
Exploring Beautiful Stuff from Nature
6:00-7:30 PM via Zoom
Guest Speakers: Lella Gandini, and Cathy Weisman Topal
World renowned educators Cathy and Lella join us to share stories from their new book Beautiful Stuff from Nature. Coming from schools and teachers across North America, these stories tell of children and teachers exploring nature together. Each features local environments, natural materials and ordinary experience made extraordinary through images quotes and reflections.
"Through their explorations, collections, creations, displays, and stories, children discover the beauty and variety in their own small piece of the planet."
Please register here!
November 24th, 2020 @ 6:00PM
Introduction to Loose Parts: Reimagining Potentials for Play in the Early Childhood Classroom
6:00-7:30 PM via Zoom
Presenter: Mary Geisser
Recycled, found and uncommon objects provide rich opportunities for creative and imaginative play at low cost with high educational benefits. In this workshop, we will break down what loose parts are and how to bring them into your classroom. We will also explore the many ways of using loose parts with young children and the developmental benefits.
Includes a free loose parts kit for your classroom!
Please register here!
About Mary Geisser:
Mary is an Early Childhood Educator, an Art Educator and a visual artist. She served as a tenured professor at Bunker Hill Community College where she was the Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, Endicott College, UMass Dartmouth and Fisher College. Mary has served on the boards of The RI Art Education Association and the Massachusetts Art Education Association as the first Early Childhood Education Representative in both states. As a board member for the Boston Area Reggio Inspired Group for 5 years, she expanded diversity and access of the programs. Mary has worked as a college professor, a classroom teacher, a teaching artist, and consultant in the field of Early Childhood Education. Mary is currently a preschool teacher at Learning Brooke Early Childhood Center in RI and is writing for Davis Educational publications.
November 21, 2020 @ 3:00 PM
Coming Together as a City that Loves Its Children
3:00 PM via Zoom
Join us for an event celebrating the weaving together of our community's voices to reimagine early childhood education in New Bedford. Hosted by New Bedford Children.
Please register here!
June 30, 2020
Anti-Racism as an Act of Love in the Early Childhood Classroom
During this workshop, we will focus on our roles as anti-racist early childhood practitioners and discuss practical strategies for creating welcoming schools and classroom spaces for young children and families here in New Bedford, MA. We will also explore:
How can we engage in anti-racist work with young children?
How do our classroom environments reflect our community? Do we offer "mirrors" (see self) and "windows" (see others)?
What do our books and materials reflect?
How is anti-racism an act of love?
How can observation and documentation be used as tools for anti-racism in the classroom?
Desiree Ivey is the Executive Director of Teacher Training Center at Shady Hill School, a pre-k to 8 progressive independent elementary school in Cambridge, MA. As Executive Director of the Center, she leads a school within a school that recruits, trains, and cultivates culturally fluent educators in independent and public schools. Desiree is a teacher-mentor learning alongside her colleagues while focused on the child.
June 23, 2020
A Vision for Reopening: Perspectives form Boulder Journey School
Join us for a discussion about reopening with two pedagogical leaders from Boulder Journey School: Alex Morgan and Lauren Weatherly. Boulder Journey School is a world-renowned school for children ages 8 weeks to 6 years of age located in Boulder, Colorado. After closing for 10 weeks due to COVID-19, the Boulder Journey School reopened to families on May 11th. During this talk, they will share with us their process for reopening including: a “social story” that was shared with families before returning, the preparation of the classroom environments by teachers, and stories and ideas from inside the reopened classrooms. After the presentation there will be time for discussions of how we can transfer these ideas to our own contexts here in New Bedford.