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Putting Quality First Improving Children's Experiences in Child Care and Early Learning

Putting Quality First: Improving Children's Experiences in Child Care and Early Learning To help families succeed and low-income families thrive, quality child care is critical. Yet too many of America's children are in early care settings that lack well-prepared teachers, lack the infrastructure to do background checks, and lack the ability to offer safe child-to-adult ratios that give children the attention they need to learn and explore. Parents worry about the quality of care their children receive, yet often can't afford better programs and feel powerless to do anything about it. As research continues to show the importance of the earliest years of life to a person's future school and career success, figuring out how to provide more families with more access to quality care has become one of the great challenges of social and family policy of the 21st century. The New America Foundation held this discussion of how to overcome these challenges and improve quality in early child care settings. Participants Introduction Lisa Guernsey Director, Early Education Initiative New America Foundation Featured Speakers Linda K. Smith Deputy Assistant Secretary & Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rolf Grafwallner Assistant State Superintendent Maryland Department of Education Kate Jordan-Downs Director of the Child Development Center Easter Seals of Washington, DC Moderator David Gray Director, Workforce and Family Program New America Foundation http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/quality_in_child_care
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