About RECE

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) is dedicated to facilitating exchanges about work that challenge mainstream ideas regarding how young children learn and grow. In theory and in practice, RECE members question universal assumptions that mask the realities of local contexts and conditions.


RECE Hybrid Conference 2022

Being Together in/with place:

Reimagining pedagogies in transformational times.

Conference location:

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


June 23-26, 2022


In the midst of and in attunement to ongoing crises around the world, the 2022 Conference will offer members of the RECE community and their allies the opportunity to come together to reaffirm their sense of community, agency, creativity and commitment to co-creating a more livable, equitable, just, caring and welcoming world for children, families and early childhood educators around the globe. The conference takes the theme of place as a multilayered relational construct that can help us open up, hold, and sustain generative conversations across disciplines and from our different locations.

Host Chairs: Iris Berger  and Mari Pighini 

Program Chairs: Rachel Langford  and Sonja Arndt 


Mara Sapon-Shevin
Handmade Quilt

Mara’s literary quilt creations, offered at RECE conferences, are legendary!  This year’s edition is based on the much beloved children’s story, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.

The quilt will be on display at the RECE conference. 

One lucky winner will receive both the quilt and a copy of the book Where the Wild Things Are

RECE Steering Committee


Ukraine Update & Humanitarian Appeal

 By Mariia Vitrukh, PhD candidate, Arizona State University (from Ukraine)   Since 24 February 2022 when the Russians invaded Ukraine, instead of learning the types of dinosaurs, Ukrainian children know different types of missiles and their potential damage. They learned to differentiate tanks, military planes, and other lethal weapons. Ukrainian parenting has also taken a very unexpected and horrific turn

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