Abbi Kruse, executive director of The Playing Field joins Aaron and Haywood to talk about early childhood education in Madison.
The Playing Field, a new child care and early education program in Madison, where children are educated in the context of economic and racial diversity, is hosting this event. The Playing Field has invited Kennedy Award winner and national speaker, Donna Porter and her former student, D.J. Batiste to Wisconsin to share their success story.
D.J. was expelled from school multiple times beginning at age four. D.J. says, teachers, “Pushed him to the side” because they didn’t know what to do with him. This convinced him from an early age that school wasn’t for him. By high school he had become a gang leader. D.J. and Donna’s story will highlight solutions to address the significantly reduced graduation rates of minority students that we are experiencing in our state.
Donna and D.J.’s timely and inspirational message can be heard on Friday, October 16th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Playing Field at Bethany United Methodist Church at 3910 Mineral Point Road. There is no charge for this event.
Here is the link to the event invite:
On Saturday, Oct. 17th from 9:00 – 3:00, Donna and D.J. will continue their story in a Conscious Discipline training for parents and teachers. The afternoon will include training sessions for teachers and parents. Kay Zastrow will be presenting one of these breakout sessions. The link to Saturday’s training for teachers and parents is http://evite.me/k8r39Gsfx6
The Playing Field is partnering with local agencies to open a child care and early education program in Madison. We seek to create a unique model that will educate children experiencing homelessness right alongside children from more advantaged backgrounds. We believe this model will be a step toward minimizing the disparity between white and minority children and have amazing benefits for children from both groups.
The Playing Field aspires to be much more than a safe, clean place for children to wait while their parents work. We plan to be the beginning step in reducing the disparity that exists between the youngest citizens of Madison. We do not seek to become a program that serves children from poor families in isolation. We desire to become a program that educates children in the context of the economic and racial diversity that is our city.