Speaker

Barbara V. Vita, M.Ed
Director of Alfred E. Burr Community School

Barbara Vita has worked with children and families for nearly 20 years. She began her career as a teacher of young children, eventually earning her secondary education certification in English, as well as her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Vita has worked at The Village for nearly ten years. She has recently accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Learning Center. Previously, she works as the Director of Burr Community Center, and began her career with The Village as the Coordinator of SAND School’s Family Resource Center.

Ms. Vita is a passionate and outspoken advocate who works tirelessly to ensure equal funding and opportunities for all children and families through her work with the advocacy group, Educators for Excellence, as a steering committee member for the Capital Region Alliance for Family Support and Engagement (CRAFSE), as a member of the planning committee for the Childhood Conversations Conference, and as a member of the steering committee for the newly formed Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Connecticut (SEL4CT), as well as serving on Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Vita believes in the power of parents and as a certified facilitator of several literacy and parenting curricula, including the internationally known Triple P Parenting Program, she has witnessed the profound transformation that occurs when a parent is able to learn and grow by feeling valued and supported, and how that transformation directly improves their child’s mental health and ability to be happy and successful throughout life. Ms. Vita understands that children learn best from their parents, and that parents are their child’s first and best teachers.