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Findings of the IOM for Early Learning to be Presented at the HighScope Annual International Conference on May 7, 2015, in Ypsilanti, MI

For Immediate Release

Ypsilanti, MI — On May 7, 2015 LaRue Allen, PhD, will address the HighScope Annual International Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

She will give her talk, The Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success, at 9:45 a.m. at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, one of a limited number of locations where the findings will be publicly presented.

On April 1, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies’ Board of Children, Youth, and Families committee released their findings in a new report, “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. Dr. Allen is chair of the 18 member committee; and Cheryl Polk, PhD, president of HighScope, has served as a committee member.

Early childhood educators understand that children begin learning at birth and that development continues exponentially to age 8. They also know that the decisions that teachers and caregivers make every day are critical to children’s development and long-term educational and health outcomes. This consensus report by the National Academy of Sciences addresses the question “How can the science of children’s development from birth through age eight inform how we prepare a workforce to seamlessly support children’s health, development, learning, and school success?”

The report (explained in this recorded briefing) includes findings that the latest scientific research is effectively used in setting standards for early child care programs but that the capacity, practices, infrastructure, and oversight of these programs must be more intentional. The report delivers a plan for action based on a unifying foundation of research and knowledge that will underlie more consistent and cumulative support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.

The HighScope Annual International Conference began in 1970. This year, over 900 early education professionals including administrators, educators, and researchers are coming from around the world to attend this sold-out event. The full conference runs May 68 at the Ann Arbor Marriott-Ypsilanti Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, MI.

Contact Information:
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Carrie Hernandez, Director of Sales and Marketing
600 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734.485.2000 Ext 255
[email protected]


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