Experts Offer Insights on Parenting Matters


As a regional leader in early childhood education, The Summit Country Day School hosts a free community-wide symposium annually in October featuring national, regional and local experts in childhood learning, health and wellness. Gathering these thought leaders under one roof on the same day allows parents of children from birth to age 10 to quickly learn more about important and timely topics. Each year, a keynote address is followed by breakout sessions and a luncheon address. As one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati which offer an academic program for 2-year-olds, the Summit is committed to quality early childhood education and the notion that "Parenting Matters" in that education. The event is free and open to the public. CEUs are available for teachers. Use the navigation on the left side of this page to read about upcoming events, get a feel for what past symposiums have been like and take advantage of the parenting resources provided by our speakers.


Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and instructor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, will deliver the keynote address at the Seventh Annual Early Childhood Education Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 25. Her keynote address, based on her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, will explore the risks and fallout that children experience because of the pervasive presence of technology.


Featured speaker Beth Nowak, a longtime kindergarten teacher and founder of, will present a reprise of her TEDx Talk, “Helping Our Littlest Helpers." In her presentation, she will explore ways in which  parents can strengthen family bonds by engaging in philanthropic activities with children.  She will review how external reward systems negatively impact a child's intrinsic motivation to be compassionate, generous and helpful.



Saturday, Oct. 25

The Seventh Annual Early Childhood Education Symposium will be Saturday, Oct. 25. Same day registration begins at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.


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