State and local experts will discuss the impact of early childhood programs on student achievement, family engagement, and community development in urban settings. New models of early learning will be explored, such as birth to college pipelines on the same block in downtown Camden. The presentations and discussions will emphasize and renew commitments to fund and develop quality early childhood initiatives that benefit all children.


Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers–Camden
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Dr. Linda Whitehead, Vice President of Education and Curriculum, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Linda Whitehead is the Vice President of Education and Curriculum for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Linda oversees children’s curriculum for over 650 centers and schools, family communication, accreditation of centers through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She holds a B.S. in Child Development, an M.S. in Life Span Development, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies. Click here for her presentation

Dr. Milagros Nores, Assistant Director of Research, National Institute for Early Education Research
Milagros Nores is Associate Director of Research at NIEER. Her expertise is in early childhood attainment, the economics of education, poverty, and international and comparative education. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Economics from Columbia University and an Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard. Click here for her presentation

Dr. Ellen Wolock, Director, Division of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
Ellen Wolock is currently the Director of the Division of Early Childhood Education, which oversees the state’s preschool program. She assisted in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s Abbott preschool program, including the design of program and learning standards, assessments and program evaluation. She received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Michigan. Click here for her presentation