Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Steinhardt’s Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, took part in the White House Summit on Early Education on December 10th. The hearing was chaired by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and hosted by President Obama.
Yoshikawa was part of a panel titled, “Public Investment Leadership to Expand Early Education,” that brought together business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, and elected officials to discuss the expansion of high-quality early learning opportunities for children. Yoshikawa, who led research efforts to measure the success of Boston’s pre-K efforts, was one of several NYU researchers to sign an open letter last month urging policymakers to support greater investment in high-quality early childhood education.
At the hearing, Yoshikawa presented research findings from neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology, and economics that prove the long-term benefit of early childhood education.
“We know how to implement quality at scale in early education, but as a nation we have fallen far behind other countries in access to quality early education,” Yoshikawa said.
He noted that the United States was a world leader in primary education in the 19th century; secondary and higher education in the 20th century. He urged the committee to enact legislation to enable the United States to support early education in the 21st century.
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(Screenshot photo from left to right: Hirokazu Yoshikawa (NYU), Eric Gordon (Cleveland Metropolitan School District), La June Montgomery Tabron (W.K. Kellogg Foundation), Sherriff Russell Martin (Delaware County, Ohio), and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.)