The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) National Research Conference on Early Childhood

Jul
11
13
All day
Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC

The Administration for Children and Families was proud to present the National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2016 (formerly the Head Start National Research Conference). Since 1991, the conference has highlighted innovative research on low-income families with young children. The new name for the conference is our effort to welcome participation from researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across early childhood research fields.

This year’s conference was July 11-13, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC.

The theme for the 2016 conference was increasing access to high quality early care and education and building the evidence base for policy and practice.

Over the past decade, there has been substantial public investment, at the national, state, and local levels, aimed at improving the quality of early care and education (ECE) and expanding services, including Head Start, child care, Home Visiting and pre-kindergarten.

Despite that, when considering families’ access to quality care and education, questions remain about:

  • The extent to which high quality ECE is available in different geographical areas;
  • How families obtain and use information in order to inform their decision making about ECE;
  • What factors constrain and facilitate the use of different types and quality of ECE;
  • Conceptualization, measurement and evaluation of quality services;
  • Practical ways to build sustainable and effective high quality program models that can be readily accessed by families with young children.
  • ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2016 will bring together the broader early childhood research field to explore these questions and more regarding early childhood practice and evaluation.

Check back here in Summer 2017 for news of the next National Research Conference on Early Childhood.

Want to learn more about previous conferences, visit ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood page.

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