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