Programs for Parents Hosted Panel Discussion on Men Shaping the Future of Early Childhood Education at Annual Breakfast

Programs for Parents Hosted Panel Discussion on Men Shaping the Future of Early Childhood Education at Annual Breakfast

 

 

 

Newark, NJ – On Tuesday, April 9, Programs for Parents, Inc. hosted their annual Week of the Young Child breakfast celebration at the Newark Museum of Art. The breakfast, sponsored by Newark Opportunity Youth Network and the Newark Museum of Art, featured a panel discussion called “Celebrating Trailblazing Men: Transforming Early Childhood Narratives.” that shined a spotlight on men who are shaping the future of early childhood education.

 

“At Programs for Parents, Inc., we’re dedicated to creating environments where children can thrive and learn,” said Nayibe Capellan, Chief Executive Officer, Programs for Parents, Inc. “We celebrate the impact of men in early childhood education as they redefine roles and break traditional boundaries in the field. Early childhood education is crucial—it shapes human character, fosters creativity and ignites brilliance. Including more male teachers adds valuable perspectives and enhances the learning experience for all children.”

 

During the discussion, panelists explored ways to foster a more inclusive learning environment and innovative ways to support early literacy. The discussion was moderated by Khaatim Sherrer El, Executive Director, Clinton Hill Community Action. Panelists included:

·    Mark Comesañas, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Newark, a strategy of Newark Opportunity Youth Network

·    Kammeron Dupree, Director/School Nurse, Love 2 Learn Early Childhood Academy

·    Michael Vargas, Director, Early Childhood Education, Belleville Public Schools

·    Gerald Fitzhugh, II, Ed.D., Superintendent, Orange Public Schools

 

“Promoting early literacy for boys and young men of color is important for closing the achievement gap, improving educational outcomes and success later in life,” said Mark Comesañas, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Newark, a strategy of Newark Opportunity Youth Network. “Family engagement in a child’s early learning enhances school readiness and academic success, and we are excited to celebrate the men who are working to create real and lasting change in our communities.”

 

Approximately 165 community members were in attendance at the annual Week of the Young Child breakfast celebration.

 

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