Webinar: How Can We Finance Early Learning?

High-quality early care and education for children from birth to kindergarten entry is critical to positive child development and has the potential to generate economic returns, which benefit not only children and their families, but society at large. Despite the great promise of early care and education, it has been financed in such a way that only makes high-quality early care and education available to a fraction of the families needing and desiring it. Furthermore, it does little to further develop the early childhood education workforce.

Join us for a webinar on April 25 from 10AM to 11 AM highlighting the new report Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. Committee members Helen Ladd and Kathy Glazer will discuss the report’s findings that support high-quality standards, a highly qualified workforce, and equitable access for families from all backgrounds. 

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KATHY GLAZER joined the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, a nonpartisan publicprivate venture, as president in January 2012. Under her leadership, the foundation promotes innovative initiatives and public–private partnerships to ensure that Virginia’s children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school, the workforce, and life. Previously she worked with the national Build Initiative as director of state services, providing strategic advice to states on advancing their ECE policies and agendas. From 2005 until 2009, she served in Virginia state government positions including executive director of the governor’s office for early childhood policy and director of the Office of Early Childhood Development, an office created to span ECE programs, staff, and funding streams across state agencies. She has provided leadership for many of Virginia’s key early childhood initiatives, leveraging public-private partnerships to create the statewide Smart Beginnings network and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and spearheading Virginia’s ECE standards alignment and at-risk prekindergarten initiatives. She received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

HELEN F. LADD is Susan B. King professor emerita of public policy and economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She has written on charter schools and school choice in North Carolina, self-governing schools and parental choice in New Zealand, market-based reforms in urban school districts, voucher programs, school reform in post-Apartheid South Africa, and school finance in the Netherlands. With Duke University colleagues she has used longitudinal data from North Carolina to report on ECE programs and to write articles on school segregation, educator labor markets, and educator quality. She has co-edited or co-authored books on such topics as performance-based reform in education, educational finance and policy, and educational reform in other countries. Prior to joining the Duke University faculty, she taught at Dartmouth College and Wellesley College. At Harvard University, she taught first in the City and Regional Planning Program and then in the Kennedy School of Government. She is past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and a member of the National Academy of Education. She holds a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, an M.A. degree from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. 

Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, HHS; Alliance for Early Success; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Buffett Early Childhood Fund; Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood; Foundation for Child Development; Heising-Simons Foundation; Kresge Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; W.K. Kellogg Foundation.