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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Full-day Kindergarten: Learning That Lasts (session #342)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
How are states integrating full-day kindergarten into their education reform efforts and giving at-risk students an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that better prepare them to succeed in 1st grade and beyond? Hear what session panelists have to say about efforts in their states. The panel includes a representative from a state that requires all children to attend full-day kindergarten and representatives from two states that have major full-day kindergarten initiatives under way this year.

4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 6 Governance in Early Education (session #356)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Two states have radically redesigned their governance structures that oversee pre-kindergarten, child care and other early learning programs. Both Georgia and Massachusetts have created new state departments of early learning. This roundtable will explore both the opportunities and the challenges created by this restructuring effort.

Kristie Kauerz, program director (early learning), Education Commission of the States

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Pre-Kindergarten: Targeting the Achievement Gap Early (session #421)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The research evidence confirming early learning is a good investment for long-lasting success in school is multiplying. Explore how states can create pre-K programs that prepare at-risk and other students for kindergarten and lifelong learning. And find out what results states can expect from this investment.

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