Early Childhood Systems Summit
Iowa Early Childhood Summit
October 3, 2018
1800 - 50th St.
West Des Moines, IA
Registration is NOW OPEN!
Early Childhood Iowa is hosting a summit to engage partners that are involved in local and state-level early childhood system work, as well as, business and economic leaders, civic and faith leaders, education leaders, law enforcement and policymakers. The summit focuses on two main areas:
- How young children’s experiences with caregivers impact brain development (i.e., brains are built, not born) and future outcomes in lifelong health, academic and economic success based on over 20 years of research and data, and
- How child care impacts Iowa communities and businesses by increasing the number of employees that are qualified, productive, reliable and committed to stay with the company.
Keynote speakers secured for the Summit include:
- Dr. Sarah Lytle, University of Washington, Institute of learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS). I-LABS is the world’s leading interdisciplinary research center on early learning and brain development. I-LABS groundbreaking research is revolutionizing our understanding of children’s development in their early years, and revealing how this aﬀects brain changes in adolescence, adulthood, and aging. The discoveries are shaping evidence-based programs and policies that help children everywhere reach their social, emotional and cognitive potential http://ilabs.washington.edu/
- Mr. Bill Millett, Scope View Strategic Advantage, North Carolina. Mr. Millett has spent much of his time in the corporate sector, working with companies that are looking for the right location for new or expanded facilities. Most being knowledge-intensive corporations, with human capital being their most important asset. Their ultimate decisions are heavily based on an evaluation of local knowledge infrastructures. They want to know not just what the knowledge base looks like today, but what an area is doing now to endure a competitive and skilled workforce 15-20 years out. They view education not as K-12, but rather B-R… birth 'til retirement. Mr. Millett will not be providing theoretical or philosophical examples, but rather provide specific cases and numbers showing precisely where and why success and lack of the same has resulted. http://www.scopeview.net/index.html
In addition to the keynote speakers, the summit includes breakout workshops for an Early Care, Health and Education Leader Track on state and local early childhood initiatives and strategies for identifying and meeting the changing needs in Iowa communities.
To Register for the Early Care, Health and Education Leader Track and the Anniversary Celebration: ECHE Summit Track
Business and Economic Leaders Track
In addition to the presentation from Mr. Millett, the track includes:
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation sharing about their work at the national level, as well as in states. “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: Building the Business Case for High-Quality Childcare” https:// www.uschamberfoundation.org/reports/workforce-today-workforce-tomorrow
- A panel discussion of Iowa businesses that have or are in the process of supporting child care strategies that provide a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction and reducing absenteeism.
To Register for the Business and Economic Leader Track: Business and Economic Leader Track
The day culminates with a 20th anniversary evening celebration of Early Childhood Iowa. The keynote speaker is Mr. Ralph Smith, Managing Director, The Campaign for GRADE-LEVEL READING. https://gradelevelreading.net/