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Experts on Early Childhood Program Quality to Gather for Research and Evaluation Conference Presented by the HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Ypsilanti, Michigan — On Friday, October 10th, 2014, experts on early childhood program quality will gather for the 3rd Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation to discuss this year's theme, “Measuring Program Quality: Translating Research Into Policy and Practice." Speakers and panelists will discuss the topic from both research and policy perspectives, in the context of states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS).

Decades of research have shown that high-quality early childhood educational experiences have positive impacts on children’s development and school readiness and have substantial return on investment to society.1 Participants at the 3rd Annual Conference will focus on what high-quality early childhood education means, and how to measure as well as promote high quality to achieve the best results for children.

“We are excited to have Dr. Kelly Maxwell, Senior Program Area Co-Director of Early Childhood Development at Child Trends, join us as the opening address speaker. She is a national leader in QRIS validation and implementation,” said Ms. Margie Wallen, Director of Policy Partnerships for National Policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago. Ms. Wallen co-chairs this year’s conference with Dr. Fred Morrison, Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Both Ms. Wallen and Dr. Morrison serve on HighScope's Center for Early Education Evaluation (CEEE) Advisory Panel.

Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and Ms. Debi Mathias, Director of the QRIS National Learning Network, will join Dr. Maxwell for a panel discussion following the opening address.

The Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation, organized by the Center for Early Education Evaluation (CEEE) at HighScope, has been cosponsored by the Michigan Department of Education since its inception. In addition, this year, the BUILD Initiative, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, and the Colina Foundation will cosponsor to bring national and state level experts on program quality to the conference. The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and the Colina Foundation are dedicated to enhancing school and life successes of young children and their families in Southeast Michigan. The BUILD Initiative works with state leaders across the country to support the development of comprehensive early childhood systems.

Further information on the conference can be found on the Research web page.

About The HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Beginning with the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, the HighScope Educational Research Foundation revolutionized early childhood education with a comprehensive approach to early learning that supports lifetime benefits for families and children. Founded more than 40 years ago, HighScope is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, publishing, and outreach organization headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Center for Early Education Evaluation (CEEE) at HighScope has extensive experience promoting and documenting the impact of early childhood programs, contributing to the use of combined data to improve outcomes. For more information, visit the About Us page.

1  Heckman, J. J., Moon, S. H., Pinto, R., Savelyev, P. A., & Yavitz, A. Q. (2009). The rate of return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program. Journal of Public Economics, 94(1–2), 114–128;  Nores, M., Belfield, C. R., Barnett, W. S., & Schweinhart, L. J. (2005). Updating the economic impacts of the HighScope Perry Preschool Program. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 27(3), 245–261.



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