The Summit will be held on April 5, 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and will bring together neuroscientists, pediatricians, educators, museum professionals, business leaders, economists, parents and policymakers. Participants will focus on identifying and accelerating the adoption of effective practices that support early learning and the healthy development of young children.
Advances in neuroscience, genetics, and the behavioral and social sciences are offering new understanding into the critical impact of early childhood experiences on the development of children’s ability to learn and function effectively as they grow older and on the importance of early childhood intervention in preventing costly chronic illness in adults. Important insights into brain development are demonstrating the link between early experiences and executive functioning, the cognitive process that regulates an individual’s ability to organize thoughts, prioritize tasks, manage time, and make decisions. These findings have implications for parenting, pediatric care, early education practices, informal learning experiences, child care, work force development, business investment and competitiveness, and government policy.
Summit sessions will focus on recent brain research, digital media and child development, early care and education initiatives in urban and rural areas, parenting practices, family engagement, the role of play and unstructured learning, literacy, pediatric and family health, and effective investment strategies.
Leaders in formal and informal education, pediatrics, business and policy will participate including:
- Michael Yogman, MD, Chairman, Boston Children’s Museum and Member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Eric Rosengren, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Jack Shonkoff, MD, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
- Elizabeth Babcock MCRP, PhD, Crittenton Women’s Union
- Jim Perrin, MD, President elect, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Carole Charnow, President and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum
- John Fish, Chairman and CEO Suffolk Construction
- Marcy Reed, President, National Grid
- Tom Leighton, CEO, Akamai Technologies
- Charles Rizzo, Principal Financial officer and Chief Financial Officer, John Hancock Funds
- Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
A full listing of speakers and sessions can be found at http://earlychildhoodsummit2013.eventbrite.com. The Summit is also generously supported by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and TruePoint Center for Higher Ambition Leadership.
Pre-registration for media is required.
Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
Friday, April 5, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM