The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) hosted its annual event for students and faculty from Tokyo Seitoku University from October 17 to 19. Students from Tokyo Seitoku University’s Department of Children's Studies visited several childcare centers and schools in and around San Francisco, including Wu Yee Centers, FACES SF Bayview-Hunters Point, Lawton Alternative School, SF State Children’s Campus and Spruce Elementary.
The students interacted with the children and were able to compare and contrast educational programs in the U.S. and Japan. The last day of the visit, students joined us on our beautiful campus for a brief campus tour and a presentation session at the Seven Hills Conference Center, hosted by Associate Professor Soyeon Park. Assistant Professor Linda Platas discussed Early Childhood Education Policy in the U.S., and Professor of Music Education Wendell Hanna gave a presentation on Music for Children. Special guests for Professor Hanna's presentation were preschool children from SF State Children’s Campus.
Finally, the students and faculty dined at the Vista Room where they experienced gourmet foods created by our very own SF State students. Faculty members from two universities also discussed various aspects of early childhood education and teacher training programs in the U.S. and Japan. We have built a strong relationship with Tokyo Seitoku University and we hope to have our CAD students visit their campus soon.