Today, 82% of children in the U.S. live in households with working parents, and more than 5 million (or approximately 1 in 5) under the age of 6 live in poverty. According to the Children’s Defense Fund, expanding access to high-quality early care and education (ECE) has the potential to reduce the child poverty rate by 3%. Similarly, the ECE workforce comprises nearly 2 million practioners, almost all of whom are women and many of whom live below the federal poverty level. For them, investments in early care and education serve to professionalize the workforce with the potential to increase wages, reducing the economic strain facing those entering and remaining the field.
Transforming ECE financing structures to meet the needs of the children and families who need it, and those providers serving them, will require significant mobilization of financial and other resources. The necessary changes will not come quickly, easily, or without cost, but they are nonetheless critical if U.S. society is to realize the benefits of ECE that other developing countries enjoy. Join us for a discussion of the highlights from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 research report, Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education.
- How the findings of this report inform changes that need to be made to the funding structure of the ECE system in New York City and State
- How policies determine priorities and what kinds of cost modeling mechanisms will identify the true cost of high-quality ECE
- The particular role of philanthropy in helping to put the mechanisms in place to begin operationalizing an appropriate ECE financing system
- LaRue Allen, Chair, Department of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School, New York University
- Sherry Cleary, Executive Director, NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, CUNY
- Jamie Frank, Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Executive Chamber
- Lynn Karoly, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
- Ian Rosenblum, Executive Director, The Education Trust NY
- Patti Schaefer (Moderator), Managing Director, Rauch Foundation
All interested funders.
8:45 - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM Program
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