Quaker Advisory Council
The Quaker Advisory Council is a group of Quaker leaders who recognize the positive impact that a quality, early childhood experience can have on a child’s future and are committed to addressing the need for high-quality early childhood education. Members of the Quaker Advisory Council act as advisors to Friends Center about aspects unique to Friends Schools. As ambassadors and advocates they provide connections to individuals and institutions, opportunities for collaboration, and access to funding. The Quaker Advisory Council serves the critical function of expanding Friends Center’s impact and presence in the Quaker community.
Central to the mission of Friends education is the expectation that Friends Schools will provide an academically sound education in a values-centered learning environment that is rooted in the faith and practice of Quakerism. (Cary)
Professional Advisory Council
The Professional Advisory Council is a group of individuals with professional expertise in early childhood education, child development, literacy, parent engagement, teacher development, environmental curriculum, or other fields that impact Friends Center’s work. Members are committed to helping Friends Center develop programs, establish relationships and research best practices focused on providing high-quality early childhood education to a diverse community in an urban setting. Professional Council members serve as resources, advocates and advisors.
It is imperative to change the way we look at education. We should invest in the foundation of school readiness from birth to age 5… The longer society waits to intervene in the life cycle of a disadvantaged child, the more costly it is to remediate disadvantage.” (James Heckman)