Infant and Toddler Symposium | May 2017

May 23-24, 2017 | Denver

View from City Park in Denver looking out toward the city buildings and the mountains behindNCSL has embarked on a new birth-to-three policy project for state legislators funded by the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation. The goal of the project is to educate and engage legislators about the latest neuroscience and child development research and to explore policy options, evidence-based interventions and funding strategies that impact families and very young children. 

NCSL hosted a birth-to-3 national symposium for legislators May 22-24 in Denver. At the meeting attendees heard from national researchers and policy experts. 

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AgendaParticipant ListSpeaker Biographies

6-8 p.m.


The Curtis Hotel | Room: Marco Polo Patio, Third Floor


TUESDAY, MAY 23 | Duck Duck Goose & Red Rover Rooms, Third Floor
8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Brain Science: Building a Foundation for Achievement

  • Sarah Lytle, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Think Babies

  • Matthew Melmed, ZERO TO THREE 
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m.

Child and Parent Well-being 

  • R.J. Gillespie, M.D., Children's Clinic Portland
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m.

Return on Investment in the Early Years

  • Jorge Garcia, University of Chicago


2-3 p.m.

Quality Early Learning Experiences for Infants and Toddlers

  • Juliet Bromer, Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy, Erikson Institute 
  • Jeanetta Green, Alabama Department of Human Resources 

[Early Head Start–Child Care Partnerships Handout]

3-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:45 p.m.

Not Wasting Brain Building Moments: Financing and State Strategies to Consider

  • Barbara Gebhard, ZERO TO THREE
  • Jeanna Capito, BUILD
4:45-5:15 p.m. Wrap Up


WEDNESDAY, MAY 24  | Duck Duck Goose & Red Rover Rooms, Third Floor
8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Colorado’s Experience: Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability Grant Program 

  • Stacey Kennedy, Colorado Office of Early Childhood
  • Lisa Matter, Colorado Department of Education
  • Bev Thurber, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County
  • Lisa Sadar, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County

[Colorado HB 13-1291

9:30-10:30 a.m. Networking Time and Information Roundtable 
10:30-11:45 a.m.

Home Visiting: An Inside Look 

  • Michelle Neal, Invest in Kids
  • Jennifer Scholl, Nurse-Family Partnership


11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps

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