At a time when President Barack Obama’s early childhood education agenda has been somewhat derailed, the U.S. Department of Education will be hosting a series of meetings to discuss critical topics in early learning.
Yes, it’s another listening tour.
It’s not clear exactly what will come out of the meetings, which will take place over the next two months and focus on everything from understanding preschool through grade three to issues of standards, assessments and family engagement. The meetings come as advocates for early childhood education are hoping to have influence over the government’s “blueprint,” for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The meetings will take place in Washington D.C., Denver, Colorado, Orlando, FL and in Chicago and will feature some of the top experts in the U.S., including Marcy Whitebook at the Center f or the Study of Child Care Employment to Ruby Takanishi, president of the Foundation for Child Development.
The first meeting on April 23 can also be accessed as a webinar.