Early Childhood National Summit

Next Steps

Our commitment to action is reflected in recommendations that came out of the Summit discussions. These actions will frame the Anita Zucker Center’s agenda in the coming years:

1. SUPPORT FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS TO NURTURE CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
Ensure all children have safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) with parents and caregivers, as well as optimal early learning experiences.

2. IDENTIFY AND SCALE EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES
Build an inventory of evidence-based practices and identify effective strategies to implement them at scale.

3. COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Work with community partners to transform services and supports for young children and families.

4. ADVOCATE FOR INTEGRATED BUDGETING AND POLICIES
Implement strategies that break down traditional budgeting and policy silos in health, early education and family support programs.

5. PROFESSIONALIZE THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE WORKFORCE
Support ongoing local, state and national efforts to professionalize the early childhood workforce through the dissemination of evidence-based professional development approaches.

6. APPROACH EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES FROM TRANSDISCIPLINARY AND SYSTEMS-FOCUSED PERSPECTIVES
Build capacity among relevant disciplines that directly and indirectly impact early childhood.

7. CENTRALIZE COMMUNICATIONS
Unify messages around early childhood and establish common language and goals that result in more effective translation of our work to the general public.