Please Join Us For

Early Education & Care:

Key to Healthy Children and a Productive Workforce

Two Research Presentations and a Virtual Conversation

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET

About this Event

When all families have access to high-quality child care they can afford, our country benefits from improved child health and development, better parental health, and increased work productivity. The public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19 underscore the challenges that a history of underinvestment has created within the child care and early learning system.

Join Children’s HealthWatch and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as they release findings from their two new, complementary reports and propose opportunities and solutions to address barriers to child care access on the state, regional, and national levels. A panel of parents and child care providers will then share their experience with child care prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight the shifting child care landscape in light of the crisis.

Featured Speakers

Introductory remarks by:

Commissioner Beth Bye, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, former State Senator

Research presentations by:

Sarah Savage, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst & Advisor, Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Wendy Robeson, Ed.D, Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women

Diana Cutts, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Hennepin County Health Center, Co-lead Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch

Panel discussion with:

Marika Hamilton, Parent

Nakita Haywood, Parent

Julie Clark, Head of School, CAST Preschool and Child Care Center

Gamila Elbashir, Director, WeEduCare, Family Child Care Home, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership participant

Moderated by:

Shana Bartley, MPH, Director of Community Partnerships & Program Development, Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center

For additional information, please contact Charlotte Bruce, charlotte.bruce@bmc.org.

This event will be offered on-line using Zoom. Zoom can be accessed on your computer or phone. A link and instructions will be provided via email two days before the event.