Upcoming Event: Practice & Policy lecture series discusses early childhood education

On November 5, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Dr. Naneida Lazarte for her lecture “Oklahoma School Readiness Reach-By-Risk Report 2015: Understanding Access to Quality Early Childhood Programs in the Context of Risk for Starting School Unprepared” as part of the Practice & Policy lecture series.

The Oklahoma School Readiness Reach-by-Risk Report 2015 is the second publication in the report series and updates data published in 2014. The report is intended to provide policy makers and other early childhood education stakeholders with the most current data available on school readiness risk factors and the reach of services provided in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. It represents a continued effort to highlight counties whose children are at the greatest risk of starting kindergarten unprepared to learn and counties that are underrepresented in terms of quality early childhood education and child care services.

Naneida Lazarte Alcalá, Ph.D. is a Research Manager in the Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at DHS. Dr. Lazarte Alcalá’s research areas have focused on the fields of early childhood education, economic development and poverty in developing countries, as well as regional economic development and the impact evaluation of ongoing public policy initiatives of the State of Oklahoma.  Dr. Lazarte Alcalá currently sits on the board of directors of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, and she is a member of the ACF Child Care Policy Research Consortium. She also serves on the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness and has been peer reviewer for Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood.

This free lecture will take place Thursday, Nov. 5th from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105). Click here to register. DHS attendees will receive 20% off purchases at the Winnie Mae Cafe.  Please arrive early or call in your order at (405) 522-2321 if you plan to purchase lunch. For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552.

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