RSVP for Supporting Young Children and Their Parents Preconference
The Supporting Young Children and Their Parents preconference will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 immediately prior to the Zigler Policy Preconference. This preconference will highlight findings and recommendations from two studies conducted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

This preconference will be chaired by Dr. Vivian Gadsden, William T. Carter Professor of Child Development; Professor of Education; Professor of Africana Studies; Faculty, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Director, National Center on Fathers and Families at the University of Pennsylvania as well as President of the American Educational Research Association.

There is no fee for this preconference, but please use this form to RSVP so that we have an accurate headcount. Thank you!

The scientific evidence on how children learn, how parents and family members can best support them, how educators can best serve them, and how policies and programs can promote their success reinforces calls for states and school districts to invest at the "front end" of education. This preconference will highlight findings and recommendations from two studies conducted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The report from the Committee on Fostering School Success for English Learners: Toward New Directions in Policy, Practice, and Research will be released in early 2017 and will offer findings and recommendations that will inform a research agenda to address the continuum of young language learners and the implementation implications of the recommendations within the frame of cost and scalability.

The report from the Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children, released in July 2016, identifies parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with positive developmental outcomes in children ages 0-8; universal/preventive and targeted strategies that have been effective with parents of young children; and barriers to and facilitators for parents’ use of practices that lead to healthy child outcomes.

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