SUNY Fredonia alumna Sherry Cleary to discuss practices for early childhood care and education

Sherry Cleary, executive director of the New York City Professional Develop-ment Institute and a SUNY Fredonia alumna, will visit to discuss the importance of high-quality early childhood care and education.

The first session will be on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. in Williams Center Room S204DE on campus. The session will be followed by an opportunity to visit the Universal Pre-K classroom at the Wheelock School, Fredonia Elementary School’s Early Learning Center. The second session will be on Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Wheelock School.

As the Common Core Learning Standards are implemented in state schools, experts note it is critical to provide young children with the most respectful, responsive and developmentally appropriate practices. Cleary will focus on the theme, “Finding Yourself in the Work,” stressing the usage of developmentally appropriate strategies which will assist teachers and parents to enrich children.

Cleary has served as the co-chair of the New York State Early Childhood Ad-visory Council. She has also been instrumental in the development of the Early Learning Guidelines and the New York State Pre-kinder-garten Foundation for the Common Core.

Parents of young children and early childhood education students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested are urged to RSVP by contacting Rachael Kibler at 673-3701, via email at, or Dr. Mira Berkley at