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Breakout Session

Setting the Stage: Understanding Early Childhood Policy

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM ET

Children’s earliest experiences set the stage for life-long health, emotional well-being, learning and achievement. Explore why the early years are critical to healthy development and the major policies and programs legislators are likely to consider. Learn about disparities in access and outcomes for children of color, as well as the effectiveness and return on investment of policies and programs supporting young children and their families.


Patrick Lyons
Policy Specialist, NCSL Education Program

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Melissa Mincic
Sr. Policy Specialist, NCSL Children and Families Program

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Jennifer Palmer
Policy Associate, NCSL Children and Families Program

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Al Race
Deputy Director and Chief Knowledge Officer, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

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