Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute, New America, and the Education Policy Initiative
Between historic bipartisan investments to stabilize and expand access to child care in 2020 and new proposals from Congress and the Biden Administration, the nation is poised to significantly increase access to quality early childhood education (ECE). These investments are acutely needed to ensure that all children—particularly children from families with low incomes—have access to high-quality ECE; working and middle class families have access to affordable care; and early educators are supported and adequately compensated.
As Congress and the Administration consider their next major investments in ECE, however, they need a vision for a new and better system. How do we ensure that our many early childhood programs—including child care subsidies, Head Start, state preschool, and special education programs—can be a system of coherent support from birth through early elementary? In this webinar, experts will address this question and focus on long-term federal policy solutions to build a comprehensive, equitable, and integrated early learning system. The webinar will also address concrete actions that policymakers can take in the near term with federal stimulus funds.
- Laura Bornfreund, New America
- Heather Boushey, Council of Economic Advisers
- Ajay Chaudry, New York University
- Miriam Calderon, U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
- Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute
- Josie Emmrich, Loving Beginnings Childcare and Preschool
- Hanna Melnick, Learning Policy Institute
- Christina Weiland, University of Michigan
- Pre-recorded remarks from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)