Chapter plenary event affirms, informs and prompts reflection

Over 100 cross-sector and community partners came together for last week’s Chapter Plenary event at The Salvation Army Life Community Church.

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As we near the end of an action packed 2016, and with so much exciting work yet ahead of us, it was wonderful to come together and reflect on our achievements to date at last week’s Chapter Plenary event.

Over 100 of our cross-sector and community partners enjoyed an entertaining overview of the project’s 2016 activity and future direction from Logan Together Director, Matthew Cox, as well as ‘world cafe’ project updates and engaging presentations from special guests Dr Stacey Fox (Mitchell Institute) and Brian Smith (Harwood Institute).

The work of the 0-3 and Transdisciplinary Support to ECEC projects was affirmed by Dr Fox, who called for universal access to two years of high-quality preschool as a proven strategy for strengthening the cognitive and social and emotional development of young children. Recent research found that two years of high-quality early learning has greater impact than one, and that children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage benefit most.

…Recent research found that two years of high-quality early learning has greater impact than one, and that children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage benefit most.

Brian Smith presented The Harwood Institute’s Community Rhythms framework and ‘Turning Outward” approach, calling on each of us to use the community, not our conference rooms, as the main reference point for decisions. The session prompted much reflection among the audience by asking “are we turned outward today?”

Download the presentations and find out more about “Turning Outward” below:

Building the foundations for the future: Getting it right in the early years – Dr Stacey Fox

Community rhythms and a framework for community-led change – Brian Smith

Sincere thanks to all who made the time to attend, and special thanks to our friends at The Salvation Army / Communities for Children for hosting us.

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