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What's Missing in Child Care and Early Education in America

More than 11 million American children spend time in non-parental care each day. Millions of families rely on some aspect of America's publicly funded programs for their children as they go to work. Most are looking for a high-quality setting in which their children can learn. Yet, current situations fail too many families. The cost of care is too high while salaries for staff are too low. There are gaps in the regulatory oversight and in the quality of care, and there is too little learning for too many children. Moreover, the fiscal pressures on states and the federal government are preventing investments of public support.


Lisa Guernsey
Director, Early Education Initiative
New America Foundation

Featured Speakers
Joan Lombardi, Ph.D.  
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Barbara Gault, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Vice President
Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Eric Karolak, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Early Care and Education Consortium

Danielle Ewen
Director of Child Care and Early Education

David Gray

Director, Workforce and Family Program
New America Foundation


Event Time and Location

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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