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Tuesday, October 1 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The Early Advantage: Learning Lessons from Diverse Countries (Opening Keynote)

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Drawing from an empirical study of early childhood systems in six countries, the presentation will focus on the lessons learned especially regarding existing approaches to, and services for, young children with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Although grounded in different contexts, ideologies, and service values, the countries have important and highly applicable strategies that bear consideration in the United States context. Nordic, Asian, and Anglo approaches will be discussed, as will specific recommendations for the United States. The presentation will highlight country similarities and differences, and address early childhood generally as well as services for youngsters who are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center. Recognized
internationally and nationally for her accomplishments related to the care and education of young children, Kagan is a prolific pubic speaker, author of 325 articles and 16 books, a member of over 30 national boards or panels. Recipient of countless research awards, Kagan focuses the development of new knowledge that impacts governments and institutions as they craft policies for young children, according particular attention to systems theory, governance, finance, pedagogy, and transitions. Drawing on leadership experiences as a public school administrator, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Early Childhood Education as well as policy work in 78 countries around the world, Kagan has been instrumental in altering policies affecting young children and families.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Chantilly E Ballroom