NYU will host a panel discussion, “Early Childhood Education and Closing the Achievement Gap,” on Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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NYU will host a panel discussion, “Early Childhood Education and Closing the Achievement Gap,” on Friday, Nov. 21. The event is part of the Steinhardt School’s Education Policy Breakfast Series, which will examine key issues in early childhood education. © iStock

New York University will host a panel discussion, “Early Childhood Education and Closing the Achievement Gap,” on Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor (at LaGuardia Place).

The event is part of the Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Education Policy Breakfast Series. The theme of this year’s series is “Getting a Good Start: Research, Policy, and Practice in Pre-K Education.” Subsequent events are scheduled for March 6, 2015 and May 1, 2015.

The series will examine key issues in early childhood education, including accessibility, quality, and affordability. Panelists will discuss important questions, such as: What are the merits and weaknesses of providing universal pre-K vs. targeting at-risk students? In New York, the pre-K policy has been determined, but what about assessment of quality? And what can we learn from other cities that have funded, implemented, and sustained early childhood education initiatives?

The Nov. 21 event will focus on how early childhood education can reduce gaps in early school readiness and later achievement, exploring city, state, and national policy perspectives with the following guest speakers:

  • Ajay Chaudry, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Former Deputy Commissioner, Child Care and Head Start, New York City Administration for Children’s Services;
  • Steven Dow, Executive Director, CAP Tulsa Head Start; and 
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, NYU Steinhardt, who will moderate the event.

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Harrison, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or rachel.harrison@nyu.edu. Other attendees must RSVP through the event’s website. Space is limited.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

 

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