The push for child-friendly cities is a positive indicator towards inclusivity, but it is also a symptom of the decades of urban planning that has marginalized families to specific points in the city. In most urban areas raising a family can be a challenge to parents and children alike, what can we change to make the city supportive of growing families?
The day’s events will address with what needs to be done to create more inclusive environments in which families thrive and children experience healthy physical and mental development.
Questions & Answers
Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Temple University
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long-term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications.
She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, is the Past President of the International Society for Infant Studies and served as the Associate Editor of Child Development. She is on the Steering Committee of the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive Neural Science as well as on the advisory board for Vroom, The Boston Children’s Museum, Disney Junior, The Free to Be Initiative and Jumpstart. Her book, Einstein never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003.
Executive Director of the Association of Children's Museums (ACM)
Laura Huerta Migus is the Executive Director of the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) in Arlington, Virginia, the world's largest professional society promoting and advocating on behalf of children's museums and children’s museum professionals. Throughout her career, Laura has been devoted to the growth and education of children, particularly those from underserved and under-resourced communities.
Under her leadership, ACM pursues innovative and effective partnerships to leverage the power of children’s museums worldwide. In 2018, she was named as an Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and in 2016 she was recognized as a Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity by the White House. Previously, Laura served as the Director of Professional Development and Equity Initiatives at the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Inc. and also held positions at the National Multicultural Institute and the National Association for Bilingual Education.
Director of Special Initiatives at ITDP
Tara directs ITDP’s Special Initiatives, which include mobility pricing, electrification, and new mobility, among others. Prior to joining the team, she worked in support of public life and public space, advocating for people-friendly cities at the Gehl Institute. Tara has worked in a broad range of urban sectors, geared toward planning and designing a better experience for city-dwellers in terms of equitable access to space, healthy buildings, resilient infrastructure, and social connectivity.
Tara completed her Master and Bachelor degrees at New York University, in Environmental Conservation Education, and Studio Art, respectively. She is passionate about people-powered transportation, eating low on the food chain, curbing our culture’s addiction to single-use items, and clean, simple designs.