Success Starts Young: Closing Achievement Gaps Where They Begin — A National Symposium on Early Learning Standards, Kindergarten Readiness, and Technology and Early Learning
ETS and its symposium co-conveners, Sesame Workshop® and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), held a National Symposium on Early Childhood Education. Focusing on preschool age 4 and kindergarten, the symposium explored early learning standards, kindergarten readiness and the role of technology in early learning. The symposium was held on Friday, September 18, 2015, in Washington D.C., at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW.
How can we help close the achievement gap right at the beginning? How can we formulate better policies and practices for preschool and kindergarten children in the United States? Experts in early childhood education discussed these issues and examined ways to close the achievement gap in children of underserved populations, including those living in poverty, disadvantaged minorities, and English-language learners. The program featured interactive discussions and Q&A sessions, so that participants could engage in a meaningful dialogue with keynote speakers and expert panels and help formulate solutions that can close the achievement gap among young children.
The symposium was open to the public and brought together people who have a critical stake in the future of early childhood education — specifically preschool age 4 and kindergarten — including state early learning directors; practitioners; policymakers; government and philanthropic officials; experts in the field of early literacy, education and assessment; and community leaders.