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How Will the American Rescue Plan Strengthen the Prenatal-to-3 System of Care?
A Summary of the 2021 Act’s Benefits for Infants and Toddlers
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Central Time
Signed into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 broadens states’ flexibility to effectively support children and families and build a comprehensive prenatal-to-3 system of care. The $1.9 trillion dollar stimulus bill has major implications for the prenatal-to-3 period because it expands eligibility for programs, increases the value and refundability of tax credits for families, and provides substantial funding increases to public programs serving families and caregivers.
New resource, How Will the American Rescue Plan Strengthen the Prenatal-to-3 System of Care?
A Summary of the 2021 Act’s Benefits for Infants and Toddlers, provides an easy-to-read digest of the many provisions related to policies and strategies that have implications for the prenatal-to-3 period.
In this related webinar on March 30, 2021 (12pm - 1:30pm CT), Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center director Dr. Cynthia Osborne will host an timely discussion with experts, including Dr. Greg Duncan, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years, and Denise Forte, Senior Vice President for Partnership and Engagement at The Education Trust. They will discuss the American Rescue Plan, its impact on infants and toddlers, and what it means for state policymakers. More about each speaker below.
About the Speakers
GREG DUNCAN, PH.D. is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine and an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He was the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years and served as president of both the Population Association of American and the Society for Research in Child Development. His research has highlighted the importance of early childhood as a sensitive period for the damaging influences of economic deprivation as well as for the beneficial impacts of policy-induced income increases for working families. His more recent research focuses on understanding the relative importance of early academic skills, cognitive and emotional self-regulation, and health in promoting children’s eventual success in school and the labor market. Duncan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
DENISE FORTE is the Senior Vice President for Partnership and Engagement at The Education Trust where she leads Ed Trust’s legislative efforts and coordinates the organization-wide advocacy agenda and strategy. Prior to Ed Trust, she was a Senior Fellow and Director of Public Affairs for The Century Foundation and also spent 20 years in progressively senior congressional staff roles. Forte also served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Education, where she held the positions of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. She has worked in the nonprofit leadership development space as the Vice President for Policy Leadership at Leadership for Educational Equity, an organization supporting current and former teachers in public leadership. In each of these roles, she has worked to promote and advance policies that prioritize educational equity for those children who are historically underserved. Forte holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from George Washington University.