Friday, October 26, 2012

Press Release: Leadership Summit: Children, politics and the economy

Mary Stalker
Director of Communications
Early Care & Learning Council
(518) 690-4217 ext 22
October 26th, 2012
Leadership Summit: Children, politics and the economy 
New York - Each year, the Early Care & Learning Council (The Council) brings together the State’s leaders and other advocates of progressive child care policies, for its Leadership Summit.  This year’s Summit, to be held in Syracuse, will focus on the current status of public policy issues that affect children, their families and the early education workforce. The Summit, usually held in October, is scheduled for November 14th and 15th this year so that election outcomes can be part of the conversation.

The state of children in New York and the economy are on the agenda for day one. An exploration of early care and education New York State will be presented by Council’s executive director and board chair, as well as Janice Molnar, Deputy Commissioner of Division of Child Care Services: Office of Children & Family Services. Bill Millet, President of Scope View Strategic Advantage and Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D. from the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center will present on the correlations between child development and the economy.

The feature event of day two is a panel presentation: Post Election – What Does It Mean for Early Childhood? This panel will include Grace Reef, Director of Policy at Child Care Aware of America (Washington, D.C.), Harriet Dichter, Director, Early Learning Challenge (Delaware), Helen Blank,  Director of Leadership and Public Policy National Women’s Law Center (Washington, D.C.), Bob Frawley, Deputy Director of Council on Children and Families (New York), Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (New York), Kate Breslin, President of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (New York). This is sure to be a lively discussion with these leaders in the field of early education and policy, moderated by  Susan Arbetter, WCNY The Capital Report.

“I am so looking forward to this year’s Leadership Summit”, said Marsha Basloe, executive director of the Early Care & Learning Council. “We have leaders in the field of economics, child development, and state and national policy. It is also a great opportunity to meet with others in the field. This is don’t-miss event for anyone concerned about the future of New York’s children.”

The two day summit also includes social and networking events. This year is the first year that the Early Care & Learning Council’s Leadership Summit is open to the public. Participants can attend for one or two days.  A student discount is available.  
The Council’s Leadership Summit is funded in part by JP Morgan Chase and Pfizer Pharmaceutical.

To learn more about the leadership summit visit
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To view bios for the presenters and panelists:

Early Care & Learning Council: For more than thirty-five years, the Early Care & Learning Council has been a leading voice for early care and education in New York State.  With its statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the Council has successfully fought for increases in funding to support early childhood programs and for the reform of child care laws, regulations and policies to improve safety and quality in child care settings.  The Council was a founder and convener of both the Child Care that Works Campaign and Winning Beginning NY, both statewide advocacy coalitions.  The Council and partners work to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. For more information, please call (518) 690-4217 or visit

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