2019 Symposium on Children
Our sixth annual Symposium on Children focuses on Quality in Early Learning Environments. With increasing numbers of children participating in early education programs in the years prior to kindergarten, researchers are conducting rigorous work to identify features of quality in these settings. Meanwhile, policy makers are increasingly focused on expanding early education programming, and want to ensure that such programs are of the highest quality. The 2019 Symposium addresses these issues and more!
This day-long event features keynote presentations from top-tier researchers in the United States conducting research on early education program quality, as well as local leaders engaged in early education programming and policy making. Attendees for our Symposium typically include researchers, policy makers, practitioners, community leaders, and university faculty, staff, and students – all of whom come together annually to focus on a key issue affecting children in our community.
Rachel A. Gordon
Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Gordon’s research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of the lives of children and families, often using longitudinal data sets. She has examined numerous contextual and social factors that affect children and families, including the use of child care and preschool quality measures for high-stakes policy purposes.
Since 2008, she has been the principal investigator of research on child care services and child development funded by the USDA Economic Research Service, the Institute of Education Services, and the National Institutes of Health, including the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) and the IGPA Early Investments Initiative.
Sr. Research Scientist, Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Burchinal is a leading researcher and statistician in child care research and a widely recognized applied statistician, authoring and co-authoring more than 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Science. As a researcher, she has demonstrated that quality child care may be especially important in reducing racial and economic gaps at entry to school.
She is an associate editor for Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Additionally, she is a panel reviewer for the Institute for Educational Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, a member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Special Emphasis Review Committee, and serves on Advisory Boards for many national and local child care projects. She recently served on the National Research Council’s committee that studied assessing children during early childhood.