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Observations from a Professional
October 2008
By: S. A. "Tony" VanSluytman, LCSW (Ret. 2016)

This EnDucate system is indeed pioneering in all of the ways that count (i.e., in the proverbial [day care center] trenches where the real work is done across this country every day with millions of our children). Thumbs up for this marvelously exciting creation.

Over the past 30+ years I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different age groups, particularly children (presently I’ve been focusing on incarcerated adults). One of the common denominators I have found to be shared by adults and children in crisis circumstances is the emotion link, i.e., many children in crisis often show signs of deficient emotional literacy and development; and the adults I now see prove that the same lack of emotional literacy and development can be traced, often, to their poor choices which led to incarceration. It is vital that we as a society (particularly our child care providers) recognize the need to address a child’s emotional literacy as early as possible.

After hearing about Ms. Lewis' work from a trusted colleague, over a 10 month period during 2008 I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to observe some of this EnDUCATE™ system’s methods for developing emotional literacy within the preschool ranks (I attended meetings at one of Ms. Lewis' preschools, spoke at parent/child gatherings and informallt counseled a number of parents during my many visits), and applaud this effort wholeheartedly. In my own research I have yet to find such an approach to early childhood emotional literacy being used in the child care industry. The choices our teens and eventually adults make throughout their lives can often be traced to the level of emotional maturity developed very early in childhood. Today we settle for using the slang terms (e.g., he/she has "issues" is a common one) and anecdotal comments to avoid the real "issue"—our children need to have their emotional literacy developed sooner rather than later.

I look forward to visiting and further observing your achievements, as I've told Ms. Lewis directly, "you are certainly on to something great, and I have no doubt that it will spread across the nation as your voice and message is heard." This emotional literacy contribution is one in which I will watch closely as it grows into the preschool mainstay I predict.

Once again, thank you for the opportunity.

NOTE: Mr. VanSluytman is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Originally from New York City, he received his B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and his Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He resides in the Gainsville area of Florida and is the author of The Aton Project, a monthly newsletter featured on Banyon Publishing’s website (Visit at: www.theatonproject.com), a novel and a number of short stories he has integrated into his practice.

One of Mr. VanSluytman’s literary contributions is part of the Voices of Civil Rights at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. His writings have earned him a place on the Wall of Tolerance, a monument which "honors those who are taking a personal, public stand against hate, injustice and intolerance, and who are leading the way toward a more just America." The Wall of Tolerance was founded by Attorney Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Rosa Parks.

Also available by S.A.VanSluytman: "An Evening Sonata," which is available at his live presentations. Mr. VanSluytman is a certified trainer in Rational Emotive Behavior Theory. He has done presentations on "Adolescents and Depression" for the Juvenile Welfare Board.





My 2011 Update
By: S.A. Tony VanSluytman, LCSW

As I intended, I have kept in touch and monitored the progress of this project. I can wholeheartedly report that Fun Factory Education Corp. is on track to make a breakthrough in childcare learning methods on a scale not unlike my original predictions. Upon receipt and review of their new Professor Frisky 4-Disc Children's Collection of songs, audio books, animated video and eBooks, I give this excellent product an A+ and completely concur with its release as an entertainment product, separate and apart from the entire Emotional Literacy learning system. Kudos! I will be standing by for more.

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