Symposium to focus on improving outcomes for young children, with an emphasis on childhood transitions

vcuA symposium at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education will explore the latest ideas and available resources for supporting successful transitions for young children through age 5, from early intervention to preschool and kindergarten, as well as transitions across the daily routine.

The fourth annual Evelyn Reed Symposium on Early Childhood Research and Practice will be held Saturday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VCU Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. The event will be free and open to the public.

“The Evelyn Reed Symposium has truly become a meaningful event for both participants and presenters,” said Serra T. De Arment, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education in the School of Education. “It is a wonderful opportunity for professionals, families, and VCU students and faculty to come together around a shared interest in promoting positive outcomes for young children and families.”

The theme of this year’s symposium will be “transitions,” and will feature panel presentations, concurrent sessions and opportunities to connect with area agencies.

Parents, teachers, early intervention providers, researchers and graduate students will speak and present posters. Also, Richmond-area early childhood and family agencies will be on hand to provide information.

To attend, register at

Coffee and lunch will be provided to everyone who registers in advance. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance documenting hours for recertification.

Free street parking around VCU and the Academic Learning Commons building will be available. Alternatively, symposium participants can choose to park in the West Cary Street Parking Deck, located at the corner of Cary and Harrison streets, which requires an hourly fee ($10 for duration of full symposium).

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit and

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