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Advisory: Johns Hopkins Early Education Experts Can Offer Perspective on Biden’s Free Preschool Plan

April 28, 2021
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu jhunews@jhu.edu

As part of his American Families Plan President Biden is expected today to call for free preschool for all three and four-year-old children.

Johns Hopkins University experts who specialize in early education, including some who helped advise Biden’s plan, are available to offer context, commentary and perspective.

Chris Swanson: A contributor to advisory groups recommending this funding to President Biden, Swanson believes while the move is exciting, the effort could require even more investment. As an advocate, researcher, policy-maker, practitioner, and a parent, he knows directly just how critical this is to a child’s emotional, social, physical, mental and cognitive development.

Swanson is founding executive director of the IDEALS Institute in the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where they focus on improving the lives of children, families, and vulnerable adults through systems work across the sectors of care, education, health, and social services.

Lieny Jeon: Jeon directs the Early Childhood Initiatives at Baltimore Education Research Consortium and is an associate professor of Education. She has studied early childhood teachers’ stressors, wage, benefits, health, well-being, etc. that are all important for creating a social and emotional learning climate for the youngest children.

She can speak to how the policy would break previous barriers to this type of programming for three-year-olds (universal pre-K has been only focusing on 4-year-olds) as well as how it includes a minimum wage for teachers as the first time.

Linda Carling: Incoming director of and an associate research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education. She specializes in learning engagement and design and is a parent of a child with a disability.

Carling has spent the last decade supporting early learning development and kindergarten readiness initiatives for all learners — including children with disabilities — across public preK, child care, and Head Start programs in Maryland and nationally.

To reach an expert, please contact Jill Rosen, jrosen@jhu.edu.

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