Strengthening Early Care and Education Equity, Access, and Participation

Oct 05, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

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Families with low incomes face considerable challenges with enrolling their children in early care and education (ECE) due to factors such as limited funding for subsidized care and geographic disparities in the availability of ECE programs. Finding solutions to these challenges is critical to ensure families with low incomes can access the care and education they need to be able to work and achieve financial security.

Mathematica and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) hosted a discussion about strategies for improving equitable access to ECE that included:

A panel of experts to discuss policy solutions for improving access and participation in ECE, featuring:

  • Iheoma Iruka, Equity Research Action Coalition, University of North Carolina
  • Jennifer Ng'andu, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Gail Piggott, Alabama Partnership for Children
  • Tammy Mann, Campagna Center

Presentations by researchers who received grants from the RWJF’s Equity-Focused Policy Research program to understand disparities in access to ECE, featuring:

  • Kristen Copeland, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Meghan McCormick, MDRC
  • Lindsay Wexler, Tulane University
  • Songtian (Tim) Zeng, UMass-Boston
  • Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, University of Illinois Chicago