Join the Early Care and Learning Council on October 8th for an extended 90 minute Learning Cafe with Penny Smith & Dr. Cristina Pacione- Zayas. This workshop will explore how data is used in the early childhood policy process with particular attention on identifying data points that illuminate structural and institutional barriers to achieving racial equity. Using labels or deficit language when advocating for children and families can have unintended consequences because it dehumanizes and places the onus of systemic problems on individuals/specific populations.
- Cristina Pacione-Zayas, PhD, directs the vision for policy and leadership initiatives at Erikson Institute, a child development academic institution. She is charged with articulating and executing Erikson’s policy agenda that generates systemic solutions leading to equitable opportunities and positive outcomes for young children, families, and communities.
- Penny Smith is the associate director of the Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) at Erikson Institute and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®). She sets the vision for, designs and implements capacity-building learning models that integrate applied learning, coaching, and cohort-based training for all programs under the ECLA umbrella. ECLA programs include the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows and the McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows. She designs curriculum and assessments that help shape the transformative impact that ECLA has on its participants and early childhood communities.
This session was developed for a range of leaders from all levels including: state child care administrators, School District Administrators, QRIS administrators, Head Start state and local leaders, technical assistance providers, coaches and mentors, quality improvement specialists, advocates, policy makers, evaluators and researchers, higher education faculty, and early childhood systems leaders at the state, territory, tribal nation, and community levels.
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