Sunday, November 8
Whine and Cheese Reception (Hotel Lobby)
Join us for a chance to raise a glass, say hello, and complain about having to travel on the weekend.
Monday, November 9
Breakfast and Consultation Time (Ballrooms A)
Lessons from the Learning Table on Great Teaching and Learning (St. Nicholas A)
Join the Build Initiative and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes as they discuss what they learned from the first year of their project focused on state policy to promote effective teaching that improves children’s learning. Learn about how your state can join the second cohort of the Learning Table to launch soon.
Welcome and Opening Plenary (Ballrooms C)
Lisa Klein, Alliance for Early Success
Pete Festersen, Omaha City Council
The Alliance at Age 10: Reflecting on the Past, Celebrating the Present and Looking to the Future
In 2005, ten organizations gathered at an Educare Center in Omaha to mark the first meeting of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance. Today, the Partner Summit includes partners from more than 60 state, national, and funding organizations who come together to network, learn, and work together to improve outcomes for young children and families. We reflect on where we have been, and where we are going, with the wild patience that has brought us this far.
Susie Buffett, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Joan Lombardi, Founding Chair of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance
Jack Shonkoff, Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Moderator: Michael Burke, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Advocating for Innovation Around CCDBG Implementation (St Nicholas B)
States are deep into the process of designing and implementing the new policy requirements under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2014. The expanded focus to promote child development and support the economic stability of low-income working families offers many opportunities, but states are struggling with the costs of implementation, limited federal and state resources, and a tight implementation timeline. Hear how state advocates are managing these challenges, and learn about Alliance resources to support state advocates and policy makers to maximize opportunities in the new law.
Helen Blank and Karen Schulman, NWLC
Christine Johnson-Staub, CLASP
Shannon Cotsoradis, Kansas Action for Children
Betty Holcomb, Center for Children’s Initiatives
Cynthia Rice, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Early Learning
Lunch and Consultation Time (Ballroom A)
Alliance for Early Success Investor Lunch (Herndon)
Cultivating Business Champions (St. Nicholas A)
Business leaders are some of our most effective champions in building momentum to advance early childhood policy. Come hear how Nebraska established a statewide Early Childhood Business Roundtable that has been dedicated to raising awareness about the early childhood years. Learn about this unique partnership between business and advocacy, including tools to engage business partners as champions, and examples of how they work together in a conservative political environment. Be ready to share ideas from your states and experiences.
Pete Festersen, Nebraska’s Early Childhood Business Roundtable
Becky Veak, First Five Nebraska
Changing Lives—From Birth Onwards (Ballroom C)
Shuttles leaves the hotel for Kaneko
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, November 10
Breakfast and Consultation Time
Depart for Site Visits (Hotel Lobby)
Indian Hill Educare
Learning Community Center of North Omaha
Busses return to the hotel
States’ Progress in Promoting Young Children’s Social-Emotional Growth and Mental Health (Cozzens)
Advocating for Quality Pre-kindergarten (Washington City)
Reports about pre-kindergarten programs continue to add fuel to the debate about the lasting benefits of early education. In this session, research experts and advocates will discuss how to interpret the most recent reports, what they say about program quality and what it looks like, what the findings mean for advocacy efforts, and how advocates can leverage findings from those reports and other studies to promote investments in quality.
Ellen Frede and Jennifer Brooks, Gates Foundation
Mindy Binderman, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
John Bebow, Center for Michigan
Priority 2015: Majority of Americans Want Big Investment in Young Children (Hill)
For the third year in a row, a bipartisan national poll conducted by the First Five Years Fund demonstrates overwhelming support for investments in children birth through 5. Hear the polling results in detail, including how key demographics of voters feel about the issue. There will be a great discussion on how you can use the results in the coming year.
Kris Perry, Sarah Rittling and Charlie Joughin, First Five Years Fund
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Ceil Zalkind, Advocate for the Children of New Jersey
Lunch and Consultations (Ballroom A)
Lessons from the Ready States Initiative (Hill)
Hear lessons learned from four states that have been working together on strategies related to their work to promote linkage policies that connect the early years to the early grades. Learn about “policy opportunity moments” that were critical to moving the work forward. Come to talk about what you are doing and implications for your states.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Early Edge California
Oregon Children’s Institute
Massachusetts Strategies for Children
Closing the Achievement Gap: The Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan in Omaha (Ballroom A)
Mark Evans, Superintendent, Omaha Public Schools
Jim Sutfin, Superintendent, Millard Public Schools
Ilka Oberst, Principal, Liberty Elementary, Omaha Public Schools
Heidi Penke, Principal, Sandoz Elementary, Millard Public Schools
Stephen B. Jackson, Douglas County Health Department
Moderator: Christine Maxwell, Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and 11 metro Omaha school superintendents have launched a ground-breaking partnership to end achievement gaps between less advantaged and more advantaged children by starting at birth and continuing through Grade 3. Mandated by the Nebraska legislature and funded through an early childhood levy, the initiative focuses on elementary school sites as “hubs” to connect young children and families with high-quality, comprehensive, and continuous early childhood education and services. Key components include birth – age 3 home visiting; intensive preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; aligned Kindergarten through third grade; and sustained family partnerships. Participating superintendents, principals, and family-community engagement leaders will discuss the promise of this collaborative birth through third grade approach and identify levers for sustainability and replication.