11th Annual Conference on Education
The LANL Foundation’s commitment to investing in human potential begins with the vision of engaging Northern New Mexico communities in meeting long-standing regional needs and educational excellence. Each year, the LANL Foundation has presented an annual conference as a public service to legislators, business leaders, academics, program administrators, social service providers, and other community leaders specializing in early childhood development, education, community and economic development, planning, and social policy.
The Economic Impact of Early Childhood Learning
The 11th Annual Conference on Education, titled “The Economic Impact of Early Childhood Learning”, was held on Friday, October 5, 2007
at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Early childhood education programs are rarely portrayed as economic development initiatives yet they have been proven to yield high rates of both public and private return on investment. The 2007 conference brought together the work of leading economists, business leaders, and early childhood development experts who addressed the critical need for investment in early childhood development and learning to promote social justice, economic growth, and productivity.
Session Topics and Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant Governor
Diane D. Denish (invited)
Session 1: Investing in Early Childhood Learning: Engaging State and Local Business Leaders to Act
Speaker: Robbin Johnson, Senior Vice President, Corporate
Affairs (retired) Cargill, Incorporated.
Session 2: Assessing the Promise of Early Childhood Interventions
Speaker: Rebecca Kilburn, Ph.D., Senior Economist and
Director, RAND Child Policy, RAND Corporation
Session 3: The Long-term Health and Economic Impacts of Reducing Adverse Childhood Events
Speaker: Ron Voorhees, M.D., M.P.H., former Chief Medical
Officer, New Mexico Department of Health
Session 4: Making the Accountability Case for Early Childhood Investment
Speaker: Mark Friedman, Director, Fiscal Policy Studies