Early Childhood Fellow Alumni Series 2020

4/9/2021

Family walking in a park

This five-part alumni series will explore early childhood development and well-being through a race and equity lens. Come prepared to learn, network and discuss potential policy solutions. Each session will include presentations from nationally recognized experts in a variety of policy areas and break-out conversations.

This online series is available to all alumni (and only alumni) on a drop-in basis. No application is required, and there is no maximum capacity; however, registration is required. This invitation is not transferable.

This program is made possible through a grant from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

Historical Context of Racial Inequities in the United States (Session 1)
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Noon ET

In the first session of NCSL's advanced alumni series for Early Childhood Fellows, Dr. Rosemarie Allen will present the historical context for racial inequities and disparities that affect families and young children of color. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the systemic nature of racial disparities and will have an opportunity to discuss policies that have led to disparate outcomes for children.

Archive of Presentation | Slide Deck | Recap Handout

Impact of Racism on Health Equity (Session 2)
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at Noon ET

In the second session of NCSL's five-part alumni series for Early Childhood Fellows, national experts will discuss the impact of racism on birth and early childhood health outcomes. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of infant, early childhood and maternal mental health and explore factors related to infant mortality and low birthweight. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to learn from experts and explore related state legislative action. 

  • Presenter: Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, chief policy officer, Zero To Three 
  • Presenter: Khanh Nguyen, senior policy specialist, NCSL Health Program
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Impact of Racism on Housing and Economic Opportunity (Session 3) 
Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at Noon ET

In the third session of NCSL's five-part alumni series for Early Childhood Fellows, we will explore the impact of discriminatory policies that prevent Black families from securing well-paying jobs, building profitable businesses, buying homes and accumulating wealth. We will also discuss how the racial wealth gap and inequitable housing policies affect Black families now and learn about potential policy solutions. 

  • Presenter: Dr. Camille Busette, director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings 
  • Presenter: Shannon Saul, Research Analyst, NCSL Children and Families Program

Speaker BiosArchive of Presentation | Slide Deck | Recap Handout | Race and Housing Legislation Handout

Responding to Racism and Inequities in Early Childhood Education (Session 4 )
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET

In the fourth session of NCSL's five-part alumni series for Early Childhood Fellows, we will discuss racially biased disciplinary practices with children, low wages among early childhood workers and policy changes that could positively affect the well-being of millions of children and families. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of these issues and explore related state legislation.

Speaker Bios | Archive of Presentation | Slide Deck | Recap Handout 

Examining the Disparate Impact of Community Characteristics in Early Childhood (Session 5) 
Friday, May 21, 2021 at Noon ET

Location, Location, Location! The final session of NCSL's five-part alumni series for Early Childhood Fellows will focus on the community and environment in which infants and toddlers are born and grow. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how environmental toxins and limited access to protective factors like nutritious food and green space can affect children and their school readiness. Listen to experts discuss how race and location often intersect to negatively impact communities of color at disproportionate rates and be ready to consider policy options for your state.

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