Quality Investments in Early Childhood Education
CED, in partnership with Pre-K for All DC, convened Washington, D.C. business, government, and non-profit leaders for a discussion entitled Quality Investments in Early Childhood Education. CED President Charles Kolb, Federal City Council Chairman Terrence C. Golden, PNC President Michael Herrald, and Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang, co-hosted the breakfast forum which took place December 10.
CED Trustee Robert Dugger, who recently co-founded the Partnership for America's Economic Success, served as the keynote speaker and emphasized the urgent need to invest in early care and education in these challenging economic times.
High-quality early care and education holds many benefits for families, schools and the D.C. economy. District of Columbia Council Chair Vincent C. Gray, who authored and shepherded the passage of the Pre-K Expansion and Enhancement Act of 2008 spoke to these benefits. Other speakers included Deborah Gist, State Superintendent for Education; Terence C. Golden, Federal City Council Chair & Pre-K for All DC, Inc. Board Member; George Vradenburg, DC Education Compact Chair.
This event was one in a series of forums CED is hosting across the country with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.