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Innovations in Early Childhood Education Event


Co-sponsored by 
The Illinois State Board of Education and 
Loyola University Chicago ChildLaw and Education Institute

Friday, March 15, 2013 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
Lewis Towers • Regents Hall
111 East Pearson Street, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL

This conference will explore opportunities to expand the accessibility of quality early childhood education programs by using public-private partnerships. The conference is being co-sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and is intended for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals and Assistants, Administrators, Directors, representatives from the private sector, advocates, and scholars.

The first part of the day is designed to educate participants about the proven educational and economic returns on an investment in early childhood, particularly in an era of scarce resources. The conference will then highlight several successful public-private partnerships that have developed high quality and cost-effective preschool programs. The conference concludes with a panel on legal strategies for school districts to use in creating these programs.

The program has been approved for Continuing Professional Development credit from the Illinois State Board of Education.

For more information, please call the ChildLaw and Education Institute at (312) 915-6481 or Click here to register for the conference.

Tenative Agenda

8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast, Registration and Welcome
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Introduction to Early Childhood Education in Illinois from the Illinois State Board of Education

  • Reyna Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent for the Center of Language and Early Childhood Development, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Cindy Zumwalt, Early Childhood Education Division, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Linda Saterfield, Chief, Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Childcare and Development
  • Rhonda Clark, Early Childhood Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Educational, Social and Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education

  • Milagros Nores, National Institute for Early Education Research
  • Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education, National School Board Association
  • Moderator: Hillary Weis Coustan, Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Ingredients of High Quality School Readiness Programs

  • Karen Haigh, Professor Early Childhood Education, Columbia College Chicago
  • Adam Kennedy, Professor, Early Childhood Education, Loyola University Chicago
  • Moderator: Kathleen Hirsman, Senior Lecturer in Residence, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Luncheon and Presentation: What Success Looks Like—Effective Public-Private Early Childhood Education Collaborations

  • Diana Rauner, President of The Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Sara Watson, Ready Nation, Executive Vice President of America’s Promise Alliance, and former Senior Officer of the PEW Charitable Trusts
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Implementing the Vision: Strategies for Creating Lawful, High Quality, and Cost-effective Early Childhood Collaborations
  • Chrisanne Gayl, Director of Pre-K Coalition and Co-author of “Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners.”
  • Maureen Hager, Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Illinois School Superintendent and Member of the Board of the Community Family Center
  • Amy Kosanovich Dickerson, Associate, Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Kathleen Hirsman, Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Reception

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