Sometimes the events I love planning the most are the ones that happen every year. I’ve already built a relationship with the client, I know how they want the room set-up and what food they like, and honestly, there just aren’t that many surprises. The work is almost relaxing!

On January 9th the Maryland State Department of Education hosted the 4th annual Early Childhood Care & Education Research Forum in the Towson University West Village Commons. The theme, Will High Quality Pre-K Pay Off for Maryland? What the Research Shows, focused on high-quality Pre-K in Maryland and the keynote speaker, panelists, and workshop facilitators addressed key questions such as:

  • Why is high-quality Pre-K a keystone for school success?
  • What does a high-quality Pre-K program look like?
  • What are the vital program components that result in school success?

Keynote speaker, Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU, expert on early childhood education, and author of the recent report entitled Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education, elaborated on his findings that

  • Large-scale public preschool programs can have substantial impacts on children’s futures
  • Quality preschool education is a profitable investment for the community
  • High quality implementation of instructional approaches through coaching or mentoring can yield important benefits for children

Just prior to this event, Maryland was awarded a $15 million Federal Preschool Development grant to expand access to high-quality preschool.