Clayton Prepares for Culture Night

DENVER - Dec. 3 - Clayton Early Learning, a national leader in early childhood education, research, training and advocacy, is strongly rooted in the belief that it is imperative for even the youngest children to value diversity and cultural differences. In honor of that belief, the institution will host its annual Culture Night on Friday, Dec. 18.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clayton Educare and Far Northeast campuses, Clayton children and their families will explore the many cultures of Clayton Early Learning through this year's theme of storytelling and children's books.

Culture Night provides developmentally appropriate experiences to build children's foundational knowledge of culture and creates an interactive and visual experience for Clayton's children, families and staff in order to prompt a deeper thinking. The event does so by joining families through the shared subject of storytelling, an important element of all cultures but experienced differently in each one. For example, themes are often the same across cultures, but the way in which they are explored through stories is different.

"So much about the turbulent times we live in could be overcome if people had a greater understanding and appreciation of one another's cultures and backgrounds," says Clayton President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "That's why it's more important than ever to help children gain cultural competency even at the youngest ages. We're excited to help children and families explore different cultures through something so central to each particular culture but that transcends each one, such as storytelling."

As with years past, families and staff were invited to vote on a cultural theme to showcase during this year's Culture Night, choosing storytelling/children's books. The intent was to focus on a theme that all cultures share but experience differently, as Clayton Early Learning is committed to recognizing and building on the unique strengths, values, and goals of children, families, teachers and staff.

The media is invited to RSVP to experience the celebration and sharing of cultures at the Culture Night event.

What: Clayton Early Learning Culture Night

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Where: Educare Denver at Clayton Early Learning, 3751 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

              Clayton Early Learning in Far Northeast Denver, 4800 Telluride St., Denver CO 80249             

Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley can be reached directly at 303.398.8578 orcbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org.

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.
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