Encountering Change: A Conversation on Early Learning in the Midst of COVID-19 (LIVE Virtual Panel Discussion)

Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record unites families, educators and communities in a shared reading experience and global movement to highlight the importance of early learning and quality adult-child interactions. This year’s campaign is taking place in the midst of COVID-19—a pandemic that has catalyzed myriad challenges for the early childhood sector.

The Encountering Change Panel will take place Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30pm ET, and will explore these challenges as well as the tools and best practices to buoy young children’s social emotional health, promote racial equity, and support the early childhood workforce.

Our panelists will join Jumpstart CEO Naila Bolus and this year’s Read for the Record award-winning author Meg Medina for a powerful and timely discussion.

Featured Panelists 

  • Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD – Research Professor, Department of Public Policy; Fellow, FPG Child Development Institute; Director, Early Childhood Health and Racial Equity Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Meg Medina —Award-winning Author, 2020 RFTR book selection Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away
  • Mariela M. Páez, EdD – Associate Professor, The Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, Boston College
  • Linda K. Smith – Director, Early Childhood Policy at Bipartisan Policy Center & Jumpstart National Board Member

…and more special guests TO BE ANNOUNCED!


Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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