As early childhood education takes priority nationwide, states, cities and counties are taking matters into their own hands instead of waiting for Washington to act. By leveraging public-private partnerships and community support to fund an expansion of full day pre-kindergarten, San Antonio is trying to improve school readiness for all children.
In this forum, The Atlantic brought together educators and policy makers to discuss the impact of the city's pre-kindergarten initiative. What challenges have emerged? Does universal pre-k translate into educational success for students later in life? Should there be a uniform national program to help all communities or does San Antonio’s experience make a case for local action? How can schools best engage diverse families in their children’s education and connect immigrant families to early childhood education opportunities?
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Note: All times are in CT
- Wednesday, March 09
- 9:00 a.m.Welcome RemarksMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
- 9:05 a.m.Building Blocks: San Antonio's Pre-K PushCongressman Joaquin Castro
Julián Castro, Former Mayor
With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
- 9:40 a.m.Measuring SuccessLibby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education
Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative
Ray Lopez, San Antonio City Councilman
Richard Perez, President and CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
With Emily DeRuy, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
- 10:15 a.m.Lessons from the ClassroomRebecca C. Cervantez, Executive Director, AVANCE- San Antonio
Ileana Garza, Pre-K Teacher
Jesse Quesada, Parent
With The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein and Emily DeRuy
- 10:40 a.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low Smith
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