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Even as Washington remains gridlocked, across the country there is a bipartisan surge of support for prioritizing early childhood education. The push to invest in early learning programs is backed by research highlighting the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of quality preschool programs.
For children from low-income families, the gains are even more significant. Expanded early learning programs make it more likely for those at risk of academic failure to graduate from high school, go to college and build successful careers.
Ahead of the 2016 presidential elections, The Atlantic convened a discussion about the growing demand nationwide for access to high quality and affordable early childhood education programs.
We explored how policymakers can best respond to this call for action and looked ahead to what the youngest Americans can expect from the next administration.
- Wednesday, September 21
- 8:00 a.m.Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast-
- 8:25 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
Kris Perry, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund
- 8:30 a.m.Bipartisan SupportRepresentative Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA)
With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
- 9:00 a.m.The Politics of Early ChildhoodHilary Rosen, Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker; CNN Political Analyst
Mary Katharine Ham, Political Commentator, CNN; Senior Writer, The Federalist
With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
- 9:30 a.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE