Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

Presented by NYU Steinhardt & NYU Wagner

6:00pm - 8:30pm
September 26, 2017
6:00pm - 8:30pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

PROGRAM 6:00pm - 7:30pm | RECEPTION 7:30pm - 8:30pm

The period between birth and kindergarten is a critical time for child development, and disparities that begin early in children’s lives contribute to starkly different long-term outcomes. Yet, the US government invests less in children under the age of five than do most other developed nations.

Join NYU scholars Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Ajay Chaudry as they discuss their new book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality (Russell Sage Foundation, 2017). The book offers an evidence-based strategy that diagnoses the obstacles to accessible early education and charts a path towards opportunity for all children.

The authors propose overhauling the current early care system, including advocating for universal, high-quality early education that starts by age three. Their proposal is currently playing out in New York City, where pre-K for all three-year-olds is being rolled out starting this fall in select districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The authors will be joined by a panel of fellow experts.


Richard Buery
Keynote Speaker
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York 

Ajay Chaudry
Author & Panelist
Visiting Scholar, NYU Wagner 

Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Author & Panelist
Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, NYU Steinhardt; University Professor, NYU

C. Cybele Raver
Senior Vice Provost, Academic Analytics and Graduate Affairs, NYU 

Eliza Shapiro
Reporter, Politico NY

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