Great Minds/Great Ideas Lecture: The Rise and Fall of the Association for Childhood Education International Since 1892

April 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Great Minds/Great Ideas Lecture: The Rise and Fall of the Association for Childhood Education International Since 1892

In cooperation with the Cazenovia Public Library and The Manlius Library, Cazenovia College is pleased to announce the sixteenth season of its Faculty Library Lecture Series: “Great Minds / Great Ideas.” The 2019-2020 series features noted faculty members from Cazenovia College. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. with ample time for questions and conversation following each lecture. The Great Minds/Great Ideas Library Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Patricia Stacy Healey, class of 1962, and Helen Stacy.

April 7th’s lecture features Jessica Essary as she explores the rise and fall of the Association for Childhood Education International since 1892.

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) began in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on July 15 of 1892. It would be called by many names until 1946, but team-oriented words such as council, union, and association were always paramount within the title and grassroot efforts. The Association actively supported civil rights, maintained prominent publications in the field, and battled funding issues to survive and thrive for over a century. Among its membership were leading experts in the field supporting children’s needs from birth to late adolescence. Programs during the many heights of the association included active world conference activities, headquarters office ownership, international teacher sponsorships, academic awards recognition, united nations representation, an interactive museum, archives, and exhibition space in Washington, D.C. As of late, the association is referred to as Childhood Education International (CEI). Few aspects of CEI today resemble the institutional culture of the past. A decrease in members, lack of investments, reduction in international conference activity, removal of programs (e.g. Presents Council, Leadership ACEI, affiliation with accreditation programs, town hall meetings, annual international conferences), starkly contrast grassroots efforts that previously existed. This presentation will detail an ACEI timeline from 1892 to present, and share recommendations for managing international philanthropic associations with a headquarters in America.

This program is free and open to the public. Call the Library will question at 315.655.9322.