Early Childhood Learning
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17,2018
The workforce of today looks quite different. Both mom and dad pursue careers and children have learning opportunities outside the home. Leading employers have identified this shift in family dynamics and recognize that acknowledging it is a winning proposition, both for their business and for America’s future. The changing nature of the workforce and shifting employee expectations provide the business community with a unique opportunity to lead the way in implementing family friendly policies that support their employees and make economic sense for the business’ bottom line.
Agenda as of 3.22.18
||Keynote: The State of Early Childhood Learning in the United States
|Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO, National Association for the Education of Young Children
||The State of Early Childhood Learning in Washington|
|Ross Hunter, Secretary, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
| 2:05 p.m.
||Making Early Childhood Learning a Priority - State Legislative Panel
|Gary Chandler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business, Moderator|
|Rep. Tom Dent, R-13
|Sen. Andy Billig, D-3
|Rep. Kristine Reeves, D-30
|Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-32|
| 3:10 p.m.
||Fireside Chat with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and PBS: Early Learning and School Readiness
|Aaron Morris, Director, Family and Community Learning, PBS Children’s Media and Education|
|Caitlin Codella, Senior Director, Policy and Programs, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
||Business Getting Involved|
|Amy Anderson, Director, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business, Moderator|
|Michele Beehler, Senior Human Resources Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Labs, Inc.
|Cynthia Juarez, Executive Director of Early Learning and Migrant Education, ESD 105|