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In this week’s episode the conversation about the importance of high quality, effective preschool continues. Host Rafael Otto talks with assistant professor Dr. Christina Weiland about her research on the effects of early childhood interventions and public policies on children’s development. 


Dr. Christina Weiland – An assistant professor at the School of Education at the University of Michigan and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.


Early care and education for many children in the United States is in crisis. The period between birth and kindergarten is a critical time for child development, and socioeconomic disparities that begin early in children’s lives contribute to starkly different long-term outcomes for adults. Yet, compared to other advanced economies, high-quality child care and preschool in the United States are scarce and prohibitively expensive for many middle-class and most disadvantaged families. To what extent can early-life interventions provide these children with the opportunities that their affluent peers enjoy and contribute to reduced social inequality in the long term? Dr. Weiland’s book, Cradle to Kindergarten, offers a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy that diagnoses the obstacles to accessible early education and charts a path to opportunity for all children.


Rafael Otto, Director of Communications, Children’s Institute

~ Thanks to Children’s Institute, working to ensure that every Oregon child has the best start in life ~