January 29, 2014
United Way of Central Indiana is now accepting registrations for a free Economics of Early Education Summit, 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, at Light of the World, 4646 Michigan Road in Indianapolis.
Open to the public, the event will feature a keynote address by nationally recognized economist Robert H. Dugger, co-founder of ReadyNation, a business partnership that champions early childhood policies to strengthen the economy and workforce. To sign up online, visit uwci.org/events/summit.
Dugger’s message will focus on how quality early childhood education and related programs, especially for disadvantaged children, will improve workforce productivity, health and other essentials of civic life while reducing expenditures to address criminal or destructive behaviors.
Dugger’s message highlights “cost avoidance,” or how public policy investments in child care now will save future expenses.
A question and answer session will be moderated by Gerry A. Dick, host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, a business news and information program which has frequently spotlighted the early learning issue.
United Way of Central Indiana is hosting the Summit, open to the public, along with a series of by invitation only group meetings with the national expert as part of its advocacy for public policy changes to create access to quality child care for more families. Greater investment during the critical early learning years results in stronger returns to children, their families and society.
“Through this event, we hope to raise awareness of the tremendous value of quality early childhood education and child care experiences. We invite everyone to use this opportunity to get fully informed on this critical issue and help us advocate with their elected officials for legislation before the Indiana General Assembly,” said Ann D. Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana.
A screening of the 30-minute documentary, Are We Crazy About Our Kids?, will also be included.
The visit coincides with year two of United Way’s Kids Need Quality campaign to boost awareness of the importance that high quality child care in the critical years before age six plays in a child’s educational success and life. The campaign includes public service messages that urge people to ask their state legislators to support changes in public policy so that all children in early learning settings are safe and receiving high quality care.