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Ready for School, Ready for Life

Northwestern experts offer innovative ways to revise early education programs

EVANSTON, Ill.  -- Northwestern University researchers who study how to improve early learning environments will address preschool access and quality during “Ready for School, Ready For Life,” a policy research briefing in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 17.

Early education programs can boost both life and job prospects for Americans, according to a growing body of evidence. New thought-provoking research sheds light on what policymakers, parents and researchers should consider when retooling early education policies.

Experts from Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and the School of Education and Social Policy will discuss their research at the May 17 event, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Robert Dold, R-10th, and Dan Lipinski, D-3rd.

The event is open to the public; reporters are welcome. Register online by Friday, May 13.

Panelists include:

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: “What Do Preschool Quality and Costs Tell Us About Having Targeted or Universal Programs?”

Schanzenbach, an associate professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, an IPR Fellow and director of The Hamilton Project, researches both short- and longer-term effects of early education, as well as the impact of different types of policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty.

Terri Sabol: “Not All Preschools Are Created Equal: What Matters Most and How Best to Measure Quality”

Sabol, a former first-grade teacher, leads the Development, Early Education and Policy (DEEP) lab at Northwestern and is an assistant professor in the human development and social policy program in the School of Education and Social Policy. She also is a faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research. Her research defines what quality preschool looks like and how to assess and improve early education.

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale: “Preschool: A Promising Platform to Expand Life Opportunities for Children and Parents”

Chase-Lansdale, a developmental psychologist, is the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, Associate Provost for Faculty and an Institute for Policy Research Fellow. She heads the Northwestern University Two-Generation Research Initiative, which examines how to effectively implement interventions that simultaneously target parents and children. The Two-Gen Initiative links intensive, high-quality education, job training and career-building programs for low-income parents with early childhood education services for their young children.

Moderator David Figlio: Figlio is the director of IPR and the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of economics at Northwestern.

  • When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325, 50 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • Register online by Friday, May 13. Seating is limited. Lunch will be served.

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