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Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood

We are pleased to announce that Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood (HSRC12) will be held July 7-9, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. We would like to invite the Society for Nutrition Education to be a Cooperating Organization for the Conference.


The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in conjunction with the Office of Head Start, will sponsor HSRC12. Circle Solutions, in partnership with Bank Street College of Education, the Society for Research in Child Development, and ICF International will be developing and coordinating the Conference.


The Conference focuses on identifying and disseminating new research relevant to young children (0-8 years) and their families while expanding dialogue and fostering partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. The title for HSRC12 is “Collaboration and Coordination: Understanding Systems Supporting Young Children and Their Families.”

The central theme of HSRC12 is collaboration, coordination, integration and alignment of systems supporting young children and their families. There are substantial recent shifts in the early childhood service landscape, the result of collaborations that strengthen early childhood care and education services at the local, state and national levels. Successful integration and partnering of various early childhood services are critical to advancing the effectiveness of supports for young children and their families, especially for those most at-risk.


The 2014 Conference will present the latest research that examines service integration, coordination and alignment, while continuing to showcase evidence-based best practices and new research surrounding child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, and other early childhood programs.


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