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Erika Christakis: The impact of the pandemic on Early Years learning

Erika Christaki discusses long-standing concerns in early years learning, and how human connection is key to unlocking healthy cognition.

Erika Christakis is 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 preschool director and faculty member of the Yale Child Study Center, Erika’s current focus is the early detection of reading difficulties and how that intersects with poverty, trauma and fissures in relationships and families.

In addition to being a dyslexia practitioner, Erika advocates for best early years learning
practices and closing the gap between what scientists know about literacy and what parents and teachers know.

As part of our Little Lockdowners webinar, Erika discusses long-standing concerns in early childhood education, and the importance of being reacquainted with basic principles of human development, the rhythm of childhood, hands-on activities and the power of relationships as fuel for young children’s learning.

Watch the video to find out more about Erika’s background and the topics being explored throughout the webinar

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Register for our exclusive early years webinar panel discussion to hear more from Erika Christaki, alongside panellists:

  • Professor David Daley, Professor of Psychological Intervention and Behaviour Change
  • Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Research Scientist and Infant Specialist
  • Dr. Michael Ungar, Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University Canada 
  • Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Early Years Expert and Global Webinar Host

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