At the first ever virtual Annual Conference, we reflected together on the opportunities we have to equip early childhood professionals with concrete support for today’s pandemic realities and address the structural racism that creates huge economic and social disparities in our country so that where, and to whom, a baby is born does not determine their future.
Plenary and Keynote Highligts
“The fact is that when so many Americans don’t live up to their potential, America doesn’t either.“ - Nicholas Kristof, Keynote
“We must challenge the colonized Western beliefs and values that support changing the person to fit society, rather than changing society to fit the individuals.” – Michael Yellow Bird, Practice Plenary
“From an evolutionary perspective, prenatal distress exposure ‘forecasts’ an adverse, dangerous, environment to that offspring.” – Catherine Monk, Science Plenary
“You can learn how to communicate…in a way that portrays the urgency of creating high quality programs for children and families.” – Brenda Jones Harden, Policy Plenary
“Every child and family can succeed.” – Joan Lombardi, Opening Plenary
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