For more than thirty years Touch the Future has been interviewing visionary educators, authors, scientists, researchers and performance specialists. Uniting each is a deep appreciation of the limitless capacity for children to love and to learn. This collection of visionaries is the heart of Touch the Future On-Line, our interactive, searchable Internet site, designed to share these collected insights with the world.
We publish an internet Newsletters often featuring one or more of these interviews. Subjects include brain development, prenatal consciousness, the nature of intelligence, nonviolent communication, adoption, the ecology of children and nature, the biology of nurturing, birth, bonding, original play, peak performance and more.
We have organized and video taped invitational symposiums, hosted national educational conferences, produced audio and video tapes, published books, hosted bi-annual dialogues, organized a speakers bureau featuring leading specialists in early childhood and have collaborated with other organizations to support their efforts on behalf of children and families.
Our greatest accomplishment is perhaps our vision for the future. Touch the Future is positioned to make a significant contribution to the early children and families. The vision and inspiration of the research community has never been greater, nor has the need. The majority of young children are in institutional care, beginning in infancy—many for extended periods. Professional childcare has replaced the extended family as the source of nurturing and emotional security for most children. Many of today’s parents were the product of childcare themselves, and are often uneasy caring for their own children.
- Families, especially single parents, feel isolated and unsupported.
- Most mothers of young children choose or out of necessity remain in the workforce.
- There is a critical shortage of quality, child-centered care programs. The demand for even custodial-based facilities exceeds the supply.
- There exist confusing, often conflicting models for appropriate childcare and parenting.
- Few resources are available, at the local level, for continuing early childhood education for parents and professionals.
- There is growing awareness of research which links child abuse and neglect during the formative years to brain damage, depression, aggression, learning disabilities, and later adult patterns of addiction and violence.
We Touch the Future by addressing these needs and many others, with proactive, positive and nurturing support for parents,educators and caregivers.