Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR will host a free, live ForumHSPH.org webcast, Child Care and Health in America: Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Children, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm Eastern.
Quality child care can help children develop lasting social, emotional, and learning skills and can promote healthy eating and play. But high-quality care, whether it comes from a nanny, a sitter, a daycare, or a preschool, can be difficult to find — and to afford. Drawing on the findings of a soon-to-be-released poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard Chan School, this Forum event brings together a panel of experts to discuss parents’ priorities and perceptions about their children’s care and how they square up against expert assessments of child care quality.
How do parents find and select child care, and how does that care impact the health and wellbeing of children and families? How can child care be made accessible, high-quality and affordable? How do we even measure quality in a meaningful and accountable way?
Forum panelists will discuss ways to equip parents with better information about child care, and policy changes that can help children thrive. Expert participants include Dr. Gillian SteelFisher, senior research scientist and deputy director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program, Harvard Chan School; Ms. Kristin Schubert, senior program officer and team director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Ms. Susan Hibbard, executive director of the BUILD Initiative; and Ms. Rachel Schumacher, director, Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Moderator will be Mr. Joe Neel, deputy senior supervising editor and a correspondent on the Science Desk, NPR.