Kansas Early Learning Forum

10/8/2019

Photo of the Kansas Capitol Building

On Oct. 8, 2019, NCSL staff, members of the Kansas Legislature and key stakeholders participated in an Early Learning Forum for legislators and legislative staff. This page highlights sessions from the day, including relevant handouts and PowerPoint presentations. If your state is interested in a similar in-state symposium email Alison May to learn more.  

Speaker Biographies | Participant List 

Meeting Agenda
9-9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Day

Introduction:

  • Senator Pat Pettey
9:30-10 a.m.

What is Early Learning? And Who is NCSL? 

Presenters:

  • Alison May, NCSL
  • Jennifer Palmer, NCSL

PowerPoint Presentation | ECE 101 Prezi  

10-11 a.m.

Early Brain Science and Brain Architecture

Introduction:

  • Senator Dinah Sykes

Presenter:

Presentation  

11 a.m. - Noon

The Economic Case for Investing in Early Childhood

Introduction:

  • Senator Randall Hardy

Presenter:

Presentation

Noon-12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Introduction:

  • Senator Mary Jo Taylor
12:45-1:15 p.m.

Federal Opportunities and Update

Introduction:

  • Representative Susan Ruiz

Presenter:

  • Margaret Wile, NCSL Washington, D.C. (via Skype)

Presentation | Handout

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Strengthening Early Childhood in Kansas in 2019 and Beyond

Introduction:

  • Representative Monica Murnan

Presenters:

Presentation  

2:30-3 p.m. Wrap up and Next Steps

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