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Andrus Center to Host Early Childhood Education Event Feb. 12

What does quality early childhood education look like? Idaho is talking about early learning and school readiness, and several proposals have been made in the legislature. Communities around the state are trying new ways to help young children prepare for success in school and later life.

Boise State University’s Andrus Center for Public Policy hosted an Early Childhood Education Symposium in 2015, and will now revisit and reevaluate the state’s conversation about early learning. Toward this end, the Andrus Center is focusing the annual Andrus Lecture on early education with the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, professor Steven Barnett.

The free lecture, titled, “What Does Quality Early Childhood Education Look Like?” begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the Simplot Ballroom.

Barnett is a Board of Governors professor and a senior co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. He’s a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and his research applies economic analysis to issues of education policy, particularly for the early childhood years.