proud parent speaker series

Parents we support you! Join us for “Proud Parent”, a speaker series that aims to provide resources for parents to better support our growing community’s children. The series will feature local and regional thought leaders who will provide their perspective on various topics that matter to children, families and our community-with an emphasis on play. All sessions are streamed and saved for viewing on our Facebook YouTube pages!

Click on the links to view previous videos:

WATCH: "Coronavirus and Family Mental Health" (January 28, 2021)

  • Panelists:
    • Amy Steele, LCSW, LAC, RPT-S Social Worker with Youth First
    • Cedalia Ellis, Licensed Social Worker with Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare

WATCH: “It Takes A Village” (February 25, 2021)

  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Joy Howard, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education for University of Southern Indiana
    • Travis Howard, Principal for Dexter Elementary School EVSC
    • Danyelle Granger, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Old National Bank

WATCH: "Why Play? Children's Museum Leaders Weigh In" (April 15, 2021)

  • Panelists: 
    • Michael McHorney, Executive Director for The Children's Museum of Eau Claire
    • Tifferney White, Chief Equity and Innovation Officer for Discovery Place Science
    • Traci J. Buckner, Executive Director for  Akron Children's Museum
    • Michael Yankovich, President and CEO for Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
    • Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO for Chicago Children's Museum

WATCH: "The State of Early Childhood Education" (May 20, 2021)

  • Panelists: 
    • Aleisha Sheridan, CEO/President for 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.

WATCH: “Summer Enrichment: Cultural Organization Activities for Children & Families” (June 17, 2021)

  • Panelists:
    • ​​​​​​​Anne McKim, Executive Director Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana
    • Zach Garcia, Associate Executive Director Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
    • Karen Malone, Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
    • Kori E. Miller, Acting Executive Director Evansville African American Museum
    • Kimberly Bredemeier, Executive Director Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Lauren Norvell, Conservation Education Curator Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

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