Washington, D.C. Forum Highlights Economic Promise of Investing in Pre-Kindergarten for All

CED hosted a luncheon forum on "The Economic Promise of Investing in Pre-Kindergarten for All" at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. CED was pleased to work with Pre-K for All DC, SPARK DC and the Georgetown Children’s House Endowment on the forum which attracted over 100 local business, civic, and education leaders. CED also released an issue brief Financing Public Preschool Programs: Current Practices and Future Possibilities.

CED was pleased to welcome Michael Harreld, President, PNC Bank, Greater Washington Area, as keynote speaker. Mr. Harreld highlighted the business arguments in favor of investing in quality early education programs, and discussed PNC’s Grow Up Great program.

Additional speakers included Carol Day, Incoming President, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI); Terrence Golden, Chairman, Federal City Council & Co-Chair, Pre K for All DC; Barbara Kamara, Administrator, DC DHS Early Care and Education Administration; Barbara Lang, President & CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce; Ed Lazere, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute; Michael Petro, Vice President, CED; Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; and Carrie Thornhill, At-Large Member, Board of Education of the District of Columbia & Co-Chair, Pre K for All DC.

This was the first in a series of forums CED is hosting with the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.