2024 Summer Institute

JUNE 24-26, 2024

Advancing Quality in Defense of Early Childhood Education and Care

Our mission is to work for just, equitable, and quality early childhood education and care for every young child. Quality has always been an important component in ensuring that all young children have access to early care and education. Nonetheless, defining, measuring, and guaranteeing high quality demonstrates the complexities and difficulty in making high quality for all a reality.  What does quality mean to you? How do you demonstrate quality in your program or classroom? How can the systems used to measure quality be improved? What does high quality mean in relation to justice and equity for disadvantaged and marginalized children? The 2024 Sixth Annual DEY Summer Institute addressed these questions and many more. Check out the recordings and resources below.

Day 1 June 24, 4-6 pm EDT:
Today’s Quality Landscape
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On Day 1, the 6th Annual Summer Institute began with a discussion of Today’s Quality Landscape. We invited a policy expert, researcher, and equity scholar to help us understand the current issues in early childhood education and care and quality.  Moderated by Denisha Jones, our Day 1 panel included:

Amy O’Leary, Executive Director of Strategies for Children and host of the 9:30 call

Dale Farran, Emerita Professor at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and DEY National Advisor.

Darielle Blevins. Assistant Research Professor, Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University

Day 2 June, 25 4-6 pm EDT:
Advancing Quality: Policy and Practice
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On Day 2, we focused on Advancing Quality: Policy and Practice. We invited three Bank Street Early Childhood Policy Fellows to share their work on advancing quality.

Danielle Johnson-Offei, Executive Director Durham’s Partnership for Children, Bank Street College of Education Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Fellow

Jamie Bonczyk, MA, CPPM Program Officer, 80×3: Resilient From The Start, Bank Street College of Education Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Fellow

Suzette Espinoza-Cruz, Senior Early Education Programs Specialist – CCAP Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning, Bank Street College of Education Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Fellow

Day 3 June, 26 4-6 pm EDT
Research into Practice
Threats to Quality: Centering Equity in ECEC
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The 6th Annual Summer Institute concluded with our Research into Action Session: Threats to Quality: Centering Equity in ECEC. We know that an increase in standardized testing, demands for scripted reading programs, and attempts to limit children’s learning on race and racism threaten our ability to ensure all children receive high-quality early care and education.  In this session, we discussed relevant research that exposes these and other threats to quality and how we resist by centering equity in our practice. Co-moderated by Nancy Carlson-Paige and Denisha Jones, our Day 3 panel includes:

Elena Aydarova, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies Department,  University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Makai Kellogg, Equity and Diversity Coordinator at School for Friends, Washington, DC.

Kathy Greeley, Retired Educator, Cambridge and Boston Public Schools.

Sponsor the Summer Institute

For the past six years, DEY has hosted a three-day Summer Institute that brings together a diverse group of early childhood educators, advocates, and researchers to engage in discussions on crucial issues affecting early childhood education. Over the past five years, the DEY Summer Institute has been conducted virtually and offered completely free of charge.

To continue providing this valuable event at no cost, we are reaching out for sponsors for the Summer Institute. Your support can help us maintain the tradition of offering this event for free. We invite you to consider sponsoring the institute and share our Sponsorship brochure with your networks.

Three smiling children engaging in a classroom activity, representing the focus on early childhood education and care at the 6th annual summer institute.