Held Nov. 4, 2010 in Seattle, the Early Learning Symposium provided an opportunity for state leaders to come together to learn more about emerging neurobiological and early childhood development research.
The symposium helped participants work together in applying research knowledge to build on current innovations and develop new strategies for the future. It focused on ensuring that policy and practice across service systems are science-based, improve the foundations of healthy development and build resiliency across the lifespan of the child.
Schedule of events
The day opened with scientific presentations from these speakers:
- Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
- Dr. Robert Anda, consultant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Dr. Patricia Kuhl, the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington
- Attorney Jennifer Rodriguez, Youth Law Center and Birth to Six Project.
The afternoon session explored the application of science to specific state policies, practice and innovations through small table discussions at a World Café.
Inspired by the day's events, participant Chris Corrigan wrote a poem entitled No More Still Face that captured many of the insights generated by the symposium.
In this video:
- Susan Dreyfus, Secretary, Department of Social and Health Services
- Dr. Bette Hyde, Director, Department of Early Learning
- Mary Selecky, Secretary, Department of Health
This event was sponsored by Casey Family Programs and hosted by these organizations:
- Office of the Governor
- Department of Social and Health Services
- Department of Early Learning
- Department of Health
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Thrive by Five Washington