With early care and education policies center stage in discussions of COVID relief, infrastructure and jobs proposals, and congressional legislative and budget proposals all expected soon, this may be the most opportune time to discuss true possibilities for children's development in a generation.
Join Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Dr. Ajay Chaudry for a presentation and discussion of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality. Co-authored by Dr. Taryn Morrissey and Dr. Christina Weiland, and now being released in its second edition, their book presents a comprehensive, research-driven plan to invest in early-childhood education. The 2021 edition is updated with newly revised proposals and cost estimates that incorporate what they learned working with several state leaders on developing cradle-to-kindergarten plans and are responsive to the current political and policy moment. Their proposals include a federal child care guarantee, universal early education starting at age 3, and reforming Head Start to expand the program to more younger children and enhance the services provided to better meet the needs of families living in areas of concentrated poverty.
The co-authors will be joined by Dr. David Ellwood, the Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Dr. Cybele Raver, Deputy Provost for New York University. Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will serve as moderator.
Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality can be purchased here.
Cradle to Kindergarten (C2K) is a team of experienced policy professionals and research experts that published an extensive book on early childhood care and education in the United States and an evidence-based policy approach to improving the quality and access to care and education. Since then, the C2K team works closely in a handful of states and cities to help leaders in their own efforts to shape and define a vision and shared consensus for a policy agenda to expand services and better serve children from prenatal-to-five.
Cradle to Kindergarten, A New Plan to Combat Inequality, puts forward a comprehensive, research-driven policy strategy to invest in early-childhood education, provide opportunities for American families, and reduce inequality. The authors, Dr. Ajay Chaudry, Dr. Taryn Morrissey, Dr. Chistina Weiland, and Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa, present an ambitious plan that includes paid parental leave, child-care guarantees for working families with young children, universal early education starting at age 3, and reimagining a Head Start program focused on children under age 3.