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We are pleased to announce that Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood will be held July 7-9, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. The conference title for 2014 is Collaboration and Coordination: Understanding Systems Supporting Young Children and Their Families.
 
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in conjunction with the Office of Head Start, is sponsoring Head Start's 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood (HSRC12).
 
HSRC12 will highlight research focusing on service integration, coordination and alignment, while continuing to showcase evidence-based best practices and new research surrounding child care, Head Start, home visiting, and other early childhood programs and approaches. As always, the goals of the conference are to disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families and encourage collaborations among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference focuses on research that considers low-income families with young children.

The conference theme focuses on the partnering of early childhood services that is critical to advancing the effectiveness of supports for children and their families, especially for those most at-risk. Historically, services for children and families are often “siloed” into disparate categories based on funding streams (i.e., early intervention, child care, health, employment, child welfare), and improved alignment helps to ensure that all children and families receive the assistance they need for healthy development. There are recent shifts in the early childhood landscape (e.g., establishing QRIS; aligning standards; statewide ECE professional development coordination; establishment of program partnerships and collaborations). Researchers must be ready to effectively evaluate and inform these increasingly complicated systems. For more details about the theme, please see the full Call for Presentations.


In addition to sessions on the theme, the conference will continue to present cutting edge work on program evaluation, policy-linked research, syntheses of the literature, and the latest evidence base regarding ECE practices. The 3-day conference will feature plenary and breakout sessions, symposia, poster symposia, roundtables, conversation hours, posters, and informal events. 

We look forward to your invaluable participation in July! 
  

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