National childhood development experts and state policymakers came together at the Rockefeller Institute of Government on Thursday, March 22 for a panel discussion about how New York State can build systems to better serve the needs of young children.
The forum, “Making the Most of a Little: Why the First 1,000 Days of Life Matter to Society,” focused on how the state can put the science of child development at the center of new models of investment and collaboration, across sectors and boundaries to deliver better results for New York’s children.
The discussion was led by Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, along with New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, and National Director of ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps program Rahil Briggs.
The forum was presented by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Center for Education Pipeline Systems Change, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, New York State Medicaid, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, the New York State Education Department, ZERO TO THREE, and The Albany Promise Cradle to Career Partnership.
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From left: Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson; New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia; National Director of Zero to Three’s HealthySteps program Rahil Briggs