White House Initiative Discusses Equity and Access of High-Quality Early Care for African American Children

Early Learning Equity & Excellence

On Monday, November 18, 2013, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans hosted a discussion on the importance of high-quality early care and education opportunities in the lives of African American children.

The discussion focused on “Being Black Is Not A Risk Factor” a report released by the National Black Child Development Institute a joint white paper produced by  and a white paper done in partnership with the National Institute on Early Education Research.  The two reports highlight opportunities and research to specifically address the education and development of high needs/vulnerable populations and how to increase access to high quality early care and education programs and supports.

David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and Dr. Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education gave opening remarks.

Panelists included:  Dr. James Comer, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Dr. Felicia DeHaney, President and CEO, National Black Child Development Institute Ms. Sondra Samuels, President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone Dr. Dorothy Strickland, Distinguished Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education Research  Ms. Carla Thompson, Vice President-Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.