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Plenary Sessions from Symposium 2016
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Active Implementation to Improve Child and Family Outcomes

Start Date: Apr 4, 2016 8:30am End Date: Apr 4, 2016 10:00am


Dr. Allison Metz will provide an overview of implementation science and the Active Implementation Frameworks. Implementation science will be discussed as a method for improving child care practices and improving outcomes for children and families.


·         Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.

·         Allison Metz, Ph.D.


Early Experiences Elevate Everything: How the Early Years Influence the Life Course

Start Date: Apr 4, 2016 12:00pm End Date: Apr 4, 2016 1:45pm


Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will discuss the fundamentals of early brain and child development and how this science informs programs and policies which affect people. Concepts of relational health, toxic stress, and early adversity will be reviewed, as well as broad principles of the types of interventions that make a difference.


·         Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, M.D.


Preschool Expulsions: Implications and Policy Solutions

Start Date: Apr 5, 2016 8:30am End Date: Apr 5, 2016 10:00am


Expelling or suspending young children from preschool runs counter to the overall objective of early childhood education – promoting school readiness in order to improve later educational success. Dr. Walter Gilliam will present on the disproportionate expulsion and suspension of boys and African American children in preschool programs. The discussion will include implications for policy and promising approaches to reducing harmful expulsions and suspensions in this population.


·         Linda Asato

·         Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.


Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: Implications for Quality, Data, and Policy

Start Date: Apr 5, 2016 4:00pm End Date: Apr 5, 2016 5:30pm


Researchers, policy experts and others will discuss the implications of the costs of care, specifically the cost of quality care, on policy. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss solutions at the state and national level, and brainstorm possible solutions to challenges families face.


·         Alieza Durana, M.S.

·         Chris M. Herbst, Ph.D.

·         Tom Copeland

·         Melissa Hudson

·         Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.

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