ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development to Discuss Early Childhood Education Policy at International Forum

ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development to Discuss Early Childhood Education Policy at International Forum

ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Linda K. Smith, is one of a small group of early learning experts to take part in the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years: Investing in the Development of Young Children from Migrant and Low-Income Families in New York City this week. At an international level this initiative is coordinated by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) and promoted by the Compagnia di San Paolo in collaboration with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation (Netherlands), the Kalouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), the Lego Foundation (Denmark), the Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland), the Universal Education Foundation (Netherlands), the Foundation for Child Development (USA), Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) and the California Community Foundation (USA).

Over a three year period, the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years will bring together leading scientists, practitioners, civil society members, business leaders and political decision-makers from Europe and North America. Forum participants will explore policies and projects supporting the early childhood development of children from migrant and low-income families.  

In six forum events, participants will exchange and explore new research results, strategies, policies, innovations, and best practices and create the opportunity to scale-up existing knowledge and evidence-based research. The First meeting of the Transatlantic Forum Inclusive Early Years took place in Ghent, Belgium in January 2013. The conference theme was 'Quality Early Childhood Services for All: Addressing Disparities in Access for Children from Migrant and Low-Income Families’. The issue at stake was the lack of accessibility to and affordability of quality ECEC services, including the barriers faced by children across policy and practice levels, and how they are being addressed. Academic experts, researchers and policy makers discussed the importance of high quality ECEC services for all, especially for these vulnerable groups. Participants could also get a glimpse of reality during field visits and in discussions about good practices.

The five future forum events are:

July 10 – 12, 2013 (New York, U.S.) — Workforce Preparation and Curriculum Innovations
Winter 2013-2014 (Lisbon, Portugal) —Child Care and Parent Engagement
Spring 2014 (The Netherlands) — Multilingualism and Multiple Identities/Belongings
Fall 2014 (U.S.) — Role of National Governments: Policy Levers, Effective Decentralization
Spring 2015 (Europe) —Integrated Systems and Closing of TFIEY: Priorities for the Next Decade

On July 12, 2013, ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda K. Smith will present lessons learned in early childhood education policy and the challenges faced in scaling good practice and research in both domains of curriculum development and workforce preparation.

Speakers for the morning session, in addition to Deputy Assistant Secretary Smith, include Xavier Prats-Monne`, Deputy Director-General of DG Education and Culture at the European Commission; Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands;  and Claire Cameron, Professor of Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

The session will explore workforce-preparation systems by better understanding changes in instructional practice, teacher preparation and curricula that have been successful in engaging children from migrant and low-income families. 

 

Please visit Early Childhood Development for additional information and resources.