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Early Child Development and Policy Symposium Agenda

Better Brains, Better Policies, Better Futures:
Early Childhood Development and Policy Symposium
The University of Houston
October 18, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Houston

8:00am - 9:00 Registration and breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

9:10 am: Keynote Speaker: Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University “What the Science of Early Brain Development Can Tell Us about Good Policies for Children.”

10:00 am: Investing in, Assessing, and Implementing Effective Early Child Policies

Moderator: Quianta Moore, Baker Institute for Public Policy

Flavio Cunha, Rice University, “The Economics of Early Child Development.”

Cynthia Obsborne, The University of Texas at Austin, “Evaluating What Works in Early Child Developmental Policies.”

Stephanie Rubin, CEO of Texans Care for Children, “Designing and Implementing Successful Children’s Policy Initiatives.”

11:00 am: Breakout Sessions: Symposium participants can attend one of three sessions on the state of existing programs in Texas.

  1. Childcare and Early Education: Shay Everitt, Children at Risk
  2. Pre-K: Ellie Johnson and Veronica Garcia, Good Reason Houston
  3. Parenting Empowerment/Home Visiting: Kim Griffin, Texas Executive Director
    Nurse-Family Partnership

12:00 pm (noon): Legislative Policy Roundtable: Discussion of the state of early education and possible policy reforms with several Texas state legislators.

Moderator: Quianta Moore, Baker Institute for Public Policy

Representative Garnet Coleman

Representative Sarah Davis

Senator Larry Taylor