Who We Are...

Cultivating the Early Years (CEY) is an organization dedicated to supporting high quality learning for children that instills a sense of wonder for all. Our work spans early childhood through elementary and our consultants have more than 30 years expertise working with early learning programs, schools, and teacher preparation in higher education. We focus on inquiry-based learning, 21st century learning goals, and support the study of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Are you looking for someone to support you in creating a high quality program or educational experience for your students, CEY is here to help navigate the journey.

What We Do...
We support early childhood programs through consulting, Professional Development, and in depth coaching.

Join us for the 2020 Reggio Emilia Study Tour and PD Series. Click the image below for more information. 

"I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a seminar led by CEY prior to going on a Reggio Emilia study tour... it was an experience of a lifetime! Thank you!"


                    -Exec Director of Chicago Commons

CEY Exec. Director, Angela Fowler Speaks
at the World Forum On Early Care and Education, Macao China

Angela Fowler, Exec. Director of Cultivating the Early Years speaks along side Boulder Journey Schools, CEO, Sam Hall. 

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. This year's bi-annual conference was held in Macao, China. Angela was asked to present a plenary session along with Sam Hall on better ways to use developmentally appropriate technology with young children. Their presentation suggested a need to go beyond traditional views of technology, but to rather see technology as another tool and language of learning that can help children problem solve, connect to others, and explore their world in ways we never though possible before.  The speech shared stories of how infants explore technology through light and shadow. How preschoolers searched for worldwide treasures through "geocaching" and how they can develop empathy by adopting a classroom robot. For more information about this work or Angela's work with nature and technoloyg work contact us.

Cultivating Wonder  Curiosity Teacher Camp 2020
(Formerly Loose Parts Camp)
Join us in 2020 for a weekend at sleep-away camp for educators! We will create loose parts materials, take workshops, and enjoy camp activities like bonfires, hot dog roasts, scavenger hunts, and much much more. All while gaining contact hours!

Location: Camp Tuckabatchee, Central Illinois (1.5 hours from O'hare Airport

"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself"

                                                                 -John Dewey

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1041 Clinton Ave

Oak Park, IL 60304


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