Just as Early Learning Nation showcases the ways families, researchers and grassroots nonprofits and organizations are building an early learning nation—one community at a time—our Community Cultivators series highlights how innovators across all sectors build and sustain global communities from the ground up. We hope the series inspires your own early childhood work.
The Community Cultivators series isn’t usually literally about cultivators, but with Lynette Johnson, executive director of The Society of St. Andrew, it just makes sense, especially during Hunger Action Month.
Darryl McDaniels might strike some as an unlikely ambassador for early literacy. Today, McDaniels, 57, is exercising his education muscle with a vocabulary-building series from Noggin called “What’s the Word?”
Married 33 years and a new grandmother, Ireland recently caught Early Learning Nation’s attention on social media because of her enthusiastic participation in the #ClearTheList campaign, helping teachers obtain school supplies.
“Some of this stuff doesn't even make sense,” marvels Malcolm Mitchell, children’s author and executive director of the Share the Magic Foundation. “I'm actually sometimes taken aback by it, because I don't really know how it all transpired. Talking through it kind of helps.”