Yale Child-Care Expert To Attend White House Conference

Edward Zigler, the Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a national leader in child care, has been invited by President and Mrs. Clinton to attend the White House Conference on Child Care on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

Professor Zigler also will release a study showing that American child care is overwhelmingly mediocre or poor in every state, mostly because state legislators are setting standards far too low. The study, published this week in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, joins a spate of recent reports that paint a gloomy picture of child-care quality nationwide.

Professor Zigler is one of the architects of the national Head Start program and director of Yale’s Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He developed the School of the Twenty-First Century, a plan implemented in 17 states and more than 600 schools that uses existing public schools to provide better child care and family support services. He also is the author of “Head Start: The Inside Story of America’s Most Successful Educational Experiment” and “Head Start and Beyond: A National Plan for Extended Childhood Intervention.”

Professor Zigler frequently testifies before Congress and has served as a consultant to a number of cabinet-rank officers since the Nixon Administration. For more information about the White House Conference or to arrange interviews with Professor Zigler, please call his office at 203/432-4576.

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