A Virtual Conversation Moderated by Detroit Public TV


YPSILANTI, MI, April 22, 2020 — HighScope Educational Research Foundation, a leader in early childhood education, is partnering with Detroit Public TV (DPTV) to host a livestream event, Elevating Early Childhood Education: The Benefits of Quality Education and How to Make it Accessible to All Children. This virtual conversation will take place Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 10:30 am (EST). It will feature Chastity Pratt, a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University; Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, Chief Research Innovation Officer at HighScope; and political leader Stacey Abrams.

“This year marks HighScope’s 50th anniversary, and we are commemorating this milestone by recognizing the many individuals we have worked alongside in our mission to elevate early childhood education,” said Dr. Iruka. “We are also creating a national vision as to how HighScope will build on its legacy to shape the future of early childhood education. A big part of that work will be connecting with fearless policymakers such as Stacey Abrams.”

The conversation will focus on the importance of high-quality early childhood education to economic prosperity in the United States and what policymakers can do to create a cohesive education system for all young children. In particular, panelists will discuss how citizens can engage with local and federal policymakers to address adequate compensation for early childhood professionals and provide equitable access for young children from underserved, low-income, and ethnic minority families and communities.

“We’re noticing increased attention to the importance of early childhood education by policymakers,” said Pratt. “DPTV feels strongly that this is an essential conversation for the community in and around Metro Detroit, and I look forward to moderating the discussion between Dr. Iruka and Stacey Abrams, both well known for their pioneering ideas in providing equitable opportunities for underserved and ethnic minority groups.”

This complimentary live stream event is available to the public by registering at HighScope.org/livestream.


About Detroit Public TV (dptv.org)

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s only community-licensed public television station, and during the COVID-19 crisis, has significantly adjusted its broadcast schedules and digital platforms to support parents and children engaging in learning at home.  With more than 2 million weekly viewers across its four channels, DPTV is the state’s largest and most watched public television station, as well as having the most diverse public television audience in America. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic and cultural communities. For more information, visit dptv.org. 


About HighScope (highscope.org)

HighScope is an independent nonprofit organization working to close the opportunity gap through high-quality early education. For 50 years, the organization has led the movement to ensure that every child has the opportunity to realize their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.

HighScope’s research is instrumental in defining best practices in early education and from that knowledge curricula, child and program assessment, and professional learning resources are developed to empower early educators and prepare children from birth to kindergarten for school and for life. To join the movement, visit HighScope.org.


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