ERIC Number: ED475598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May-22
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"The Very First Smile." Remarks by Kenneth D. Lewis at the United Way Success by 6 Conference (Charlotte, North Carolina, May 22, 2003).
Lewis, Kenneth D.
This address was presented to a conference celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of The United Way's "Success By 6" early childhood development initiative. The address acknowledges that the American public education system has traditionally operated on the assumption that children enter kindergarten at approximately the same educational level and similarly prepared to learn, but that due to efforts such as Success By 6, the educational system is changing. The address encourages the early childhood education community to meet the challenges ahead, including the persistent achievement gaps along racial and socioeconomic lines, rising rates of childhood poverty, and difficulties in obtaining funding for childrens initiatives. The outcomes of early education are summarized, and the benefits of investing in public education for society are emphasized. The address also announces the final ten million dollar grant as part of the Bank of America 5-year fifty million dollar commitment to Success By 6, to be distributed among 106 United Way affiliates nationwide. Some of the accomplishments of the previous four years' investment are described, including the attraction of investments in early childhood from other public and private groups. The address concludes with a call to action to find and inspire new partners in supporting healthy early childhood development. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
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