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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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The Economic Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy (session #348)
Atrium 4, 2nd Floor
Quality early childhood programs cost money. With the unprecedented expansion of pre-K programs across the states comes rising concerns about how best to provide support. Financing early care and education is a high priority in most states today. The presenters of this session will discuss the long-term economic benefits of early education, present the supporting evidence and discuss strategies for financing state-supported pre-kindergarten programs.

4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 15 College Financial Aid in a Time of Reduced State Support and Rising Tuitions (session #370)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
At a time when there is a renewed urgency to increase access to and success in higher education, many states are faced with declining resources for higher education. Will limited public dollars be targeted at students who are the most economically disadvantaged at the expense of middle-income families? Or will financial aid be a combination of need- and merit-based strategies that intend to serve those students who have the highest potential for success? The session will explore what the next generation of financial aid will need to look like to serve a changing student population.

Cheryl Blanco, senior program director, policy analysis and research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Economic/Workforce Development

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