In collaboration with the Albuquerque Public Schools Office of Early Childhood, the UNM Family Development Program is hosting a special breakfast with noted education specialist and author Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute in New York, N.Y. The special breakfast event for APS principals is Monday, Aug. 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center located at 1000 Woodward Place NE at Lomas and I-25.

Galinsky is the featured speaker and will lead a conversation titled, "Mind in the Making: The Science of Early Learning." The discussion will center on a growing body of research from the science of early learning that defines essential skills for school and life success.

Mind in the Making: The Science of Early Learning has been developed by Galinsky as a major national initiative designed to share the science of early learning with educators, families, health professionals and business leaders. The national campaign integrates research from leading scientists in brain development, neuroscience, psychology, and child development from more than 80 prominent universities.

Galinsky's new book, released in April 2010, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, identifies a set of essential skills that are the most important for children and for adults to succeed in the 21st century. Mind in the Making translates the latest science on how children learn, what keeps them engaged in learning and how educators and parents can help children develop the skills that are most essential for success in school, work and life.

A leading authority on early childhood development, Galinsky helped to establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education where she was on the faculty for 25 years. A popular keynote speaker, she was a presenter at the White House Conference on Child Care in 1997 and on Teenagers in 2000, and most recently participated in the March 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility.

Galinsky has published more than 40 books and reports of seminal research on the changing workforce and changing family, and is featured regularly in the media. She has also been keynote speaker at New Mexico's Legislative Institutes as Pre-K was first launched in New Mexico.

UNM's Family Development Program provides statewide and national leadership for Mind in the Making in support of quality early childhood development through evidence based best practice.
For more information or to RSVP for the breakfast, contact Monique Chavez at the UNM Family Development Program at (505) 277-5800 or e-mail, machavez@unm.edu.