Teachers College Hosts Strategic Conference on Early Care and Education
"This conference will link important leaders in state governments with innovative thinkers and researchers in the field," said Brooks-Gunn. "We want to provide legislators with the best information available, and to widen the role of research in support of education policymaking."
Even though state governments across the country are increasing their investment in early childhood programs -- up to more than $2.1 billion in 2004, substantial numbers of children are unserved or underserved in low quality programs. "With ECE increasingly seen as the hub of a wheel connecting educational equity, economic gains, and the nation's future global competitiveness, policy makers want to make their investments count," Kagan noted. "How to do that best, with the highest returns to the children, their families and society needs far more rigorous examination." As Associated Dean for Policy and Research, Kagan also noted that this conference is a "natural for us: we are a strategic intellectual center for policy research, and this conference will bring the conditions of early education and care into sharper focus."
Conference participants will look at various early care and education governing structures, funding mechanisms, teacher accountability and student performance measures. The conference will also examine the programs, incentives, and regulations being adopted across the country to maximize the positive impact these initiatives have on the lives of children and families.Lawmakers will hear from many of the nation's leading scholars, experts and practitioners in the field of early child care and education, including The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., former governor of North Carolina and current Director of the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. In addition to Governor Hunt, presenters include Dr. Arthur Rolnick of the Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis, Dr. Catherine Scott-Little of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Jaqueline Jones, formerly of the Educational Testing System (ETS) and Anne Mitchell of Early Childhood Policy Research. previous page