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Early Education in America Since the Great Recession

Five years after President Obama’s inauguration and the height of the Great Recession, the state of early education in the United States is jagged and uneven. In some places, more families are gaining access to quality programs and schools, but in other places and within subpopulations of children, access to good learning opportunities remains spotty and some programs have faced intense challenges and backsliding in funding.
In a first-of-its-kind review, Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession, the Early Education Initiative at New America analyzes a wide array of indicators in policy, funding, family well-being, and children’s achievement across the spectrum of birth through third grade. By synthesizing information from recent data and policy reports, we point out which areas are improving, in stasis, imperiled, ignored, or in flux -- an analysis designed to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of which policy areas need more attention.  
Join us for the release of our findings and a discussion with national experts on child development and education.
This event and report were made possible with a grant from the Alliance for Early Success.


Director, Early Education Initiative, New America

Opening Remarks
Lisa Klein
Executive Director, Alliance for Early Success

Libby Doggett
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education

Linda K. Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (via pre-recorded video)
Director, Early Education Initiative, New America
Panel Discussion
Rhian Allvin
Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Diane August
Managing Director, American Institutes of Research

Ron Haskins
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution (via pre-recorded video)

Sam Chaltain
Former National Director, Forum for Education & Democracy

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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