An NJ Spotlight Roundtable: New Jersey’s Youngest Children — Policies at a Crossroads

NJ Spotlight’s day-long conference on early childhood education and services focused on New Jersey’s most important policies and programs. Featured panelists were top state policymakers, politicians, and advocates who discussed New Jersey’s landmark preschool programs and its intensive wraparound and child-care initiatives. The two panels focused on current practices and political and policy challenges.

Keynote Address by Jacqueline Jones
Jacqueline Jones is president of the Foundation for Child Development in New York City and a leading voice nationally on early-childhood policy.

Morning Panel: The Policies and Practitioners

Afternoon Panel: The Politics and the Players

Panelists: Beverly Lynn, CEO, Programs for Parents in Newark; Katrina McCombs, Early Childhood Director, Camden Public Schools; Barbara Reisman, Executive Director, The Schumann Fund For New Jersey; Shannon Riley-Ayers, Associate Research Professor, National Institute for Early Education Research; Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney, Senate President; Ginger Gold Schnitzer, Chief Lobbyist, NJEA; Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director, Advocates for Children of New Jersey; Sam Crane, former New Jersey Treasurer, Coordinator, Pre-K Our Way

Moderator: John Mooney, education writer and CEO, NJ Spotlight

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