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Finding Quality and Growing Equity in Unexpected Places | A ZERO TO THREE Rebroadcast

Featuring a live Q&A with Dr. Junlei Li, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

We are pleased to present a special rebroadcast of the ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference 2019 Practice Plenary, Finding Quality and Growing Equity in Unexpected Places, presented by Dr. Junlei Li on September 10 at 1pm ET.

Get a taste of the quality content explored at ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference and participate in a live Q&A with Dr. Li immediately following the rebroadcast!

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Plenary Overview

If you could go anywhere in the United States or around the world to study high quality early childhood practices, where would you go and what would you look for?

In efforts to promote equitable access to programs and services for young children and families, we use concepts and measures of quality that rely heavily on the “counting” of both material and profession resources (e.g., facility and curricula, degrees and credentials). However, looking for high quality practices in unexpected places – with people and in communities whose limited access to such resources necessitates human resourcefulness – reminds us to dive deeper and discover what really “counts” about the human capacity to care. To nurture and grow such potential is the important task in our quest for quality with equity.

Learn More about Dr. Li

Junlei Li, PhD, is the Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and practice focus on understanding and supporting the work of helpers—those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. Dr. Li studies high-quality practices in low-resource settings, including orphanages, child care, classrooms, and community youth programs. He developed the Simple Interactions approach to help identify what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments. With that as the basis for promoting positive system change, Dr. Li frequently delivers keynote presentations and workshops for national, state, and international conferences. Dr. Li’s work is significantly influenced and inspired by the pioneering work of Fred Rogers (creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood). He previously served as the co-director and faculty chair of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.

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