“Focusing on the emotional development [of children] is something that quality early childhood education centers must do,” says Steve Zwolak, UCCC Executive Director and LUME Institute CEO.

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Speaking Engagements 

LUME Institute CEO Steve Zwolak provides insights into why early childhood education and development is key to lifetime learning and success.
LUME Institute CEO Steve Zwolak speaks on the importance of early childhood development. To learn more visit, http://americangraduate.ninenet.org/watch-videos/early-education/
In this segment, Mr. Z discusses the importance of investing in early education and the return of that investment for our workforce.

2017
8.15.17 Mr. Z on St. Louis Public Radio: 3 ways to help your child successfully transition into preschool and kindergarten
6.6.17 Mr. Z on KPLR: Investing in Early Childhood Education
5.24.17 Stephen Zwolak and Tamar Jacobson join "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh to talk about early childhood education. Early childhood education experts highlight the importance of emotional development and play
4.4.2017 Amy von der Heydt on KPLR: Studies show therapy dogs help child’s emotional development
2.14.2017 Mr. Z on KPLR: Expert discusses ways to encourage love during early childhood
2.21.2017 St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed: Lack of investment in our youngest residents is a problem

2016
12.6.2016 Mr. Z on KPLR: Children learn gratitude, empathy by mimicking their parents
11.28.2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Raising the stakes for early childhood education; apprenticeships look to professionalize the field
9.13.2016 Mr. Z on KSDK: Caring relationships lead to early academic success
9.6.2016 Mr. Z on KPLR: How do parents understand the difference between a child’s needs and wants? 
8.11.2016 Partner News: Building ‘a new paradigm in early childhood education'
8.3.2016  Mr. Z on St. Louis Public Radio KWMU: The importance of recognizing mental health disorders during early childhood development                                        
8.2.2016 Mr. Z on KPLR: Early childhood and mental health                                                                       7.15.2016 Mr. Z on KPLR: Helping children handle troubling news from around the world
5.3.2016 Mr. Z on STL Moms: How to handle a misbehaving child
5.2.2016 YouthBridge Awards Grant to LUME Institute’s ElevatED Venture
4.28.2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Apprenticeship pilot program to train child care workers in St. Louis
4.6.2016 Equity Factor: Public Housing Jobs Program Is Springboard to “Big Goals”
4.5.2016 Mr. Z on KPLR: Literacy Begins at Birth
3.23.2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed: Training child care workers can help break cycle of poverty
3.21.2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch: Can a St. Louis housing complex help solve a shortage of trained child-care workers?
3.18.2016 The St. Louis American: New program pays people to train as early childhood teachers
3.17.2016  Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship in partnership with SLATE
1.3.2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed: Change the Face of Missouri 

2015
11.3.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Mr. Z warns us of increase in preschool expulsion 
10.27.2015 Mr. Z. in The Nation: New Study Questions the Value of Universal Pre-K
10.20.2015 Mr. Z on St. Louis Public Radio KWMU: Expelled in Preschool - where do kids go from there?
10.6.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: How to deal with biting and young children 
9.1.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: How to manage temper tantrums
8.4.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: How to prepare children for the first day of school
7.7.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Tips for handling temper tantrums 
4.7.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Mr. Z talks transitioning into Parenthood
3.4.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Getting children ready to read as soon as possible 
2.3.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: How to prepare kids for Kindergarten 
1.6.2015 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Why routines are important for children

2014
11.24.2014 Mr. Z in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: As the grand jury decides, SLU doctor urges parents: don't take kids to protests
11.13.2014 Mr. Z on the Nine Network's Stay Tuned discussing child well-being
11.10.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Next generation discipline in early childhood development
10.7.2014 Mr. Z on KPLR 11: Raising kind kids, executive functioning
9.25.2014 Mr. Z. on Nine Network’s Stay Tuned – Early Childhood
8.25.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Getting families back to normal after the Ferguson crisis
8.24.2014 Mr. Z. on Fox 2: Talking to kids about the Ferguson crisis
8.21.2014 Mr. Z. on St. Louis Public Radio: How can teachers talk to their students about Ferguson?
8.7.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: STLMoms: Mr. Z. on selecting the right preschool for your children
7.29.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Achieving the balance between work and family
7.1.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: STLMoms: Summertime fun with Mr. Z.
6.3.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: STLMoms: Steve Zwolak says, “Let kids be bored in the summer.”
5.6.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: The messiness of early childhood
4.1.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Challenges of early childhood years
3.4.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Key social-emotional skills for children
2.4.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: The wonders of play dough
1.6.2014 Mr. Z. on KPLR 11: Helping children meet the challenges of 2014