United Way Hosts Economics of Early Learning Summit Wednesday; Economist and National Advocate for Investing in High Quality Early Learning to Deliver KeynoteFebruary 17, 2014 No comments
Why should we all care about the quality of child care and early child education?
“The most important thing our society produces is ready-for-life 18-year-olds.”
That’s just one of the messages Robert H. Dugger, economist and nationally known advocate for improving the quality of care for young children, will address Wednesday at a free public event hosted by United Way of Central Indiana. The Economics of Early Education Summit is part of United Way’s Kids Need Quality awareness campaign.
The event coincides with consideration by the Indiana General Assembly of two early childhood bills that started in the Indiana House and are now pending in the State Senate.
WHAT: Economics of Early Education Summit
WHO: So far, nearly 500 are registered for this free public event hosted by United Way of Central Indiana, with 10 sites signed up to follow the action statewide via live streaming by WFYI.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9-11 a.m. (Doors open 8:30 a.m.) Dugger remarks followed by Q&A are scheduled for 9:45-10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Light of the World, 4646 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
WHY: This is timely because two bills advancing in the current session of the Indiana General Assembly are focused on the importance of early childhood:
- House Bill 1036 would require that unlicensed day cares comply with key safety regulations if they accept taxpayer money.
- And, House Bill 1004 would create the framework for a voucher system for public and private providers of high quality early childhood education.
HOW: We can pre-arrange interviews with Mr. Dugger on Tuesday before the Summit or at the event on Wednesday. Contact Kristian Little, 317.921.1213.