June 18, 2012 - June 20, 2012
June 18-20, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., this event features plenary sessions, symposia, poster symposia, conversation hours, posters, and informal events. The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in conjunction with the Office of Head Start, is sponsoring this national research conference.
The goals of the conference are to identify and disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families and to foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference focuses especially on research relevant to the low-income families who are Head Start's service population.
The theme of the 11th Conference is fostering young children's success in learning and coping. Children and families in Head Start reflect the increasing diversity of our nation and the need to understand the nuances of diverse development, including what is universal and what is context-specific. The conference program strives to present culturally sensitive perspectives regarding at-risk populations. Studies involving diverse settings, communities and contexts within multicultural and multi-national frameworks particularly enrich the research base. The 2012 Conference will present the latest work that examines the deeper layers of contexts and processes that foster young children's success.