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Symposium on Early Childhood Health and Mental Health

October 2, 2009

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Symposium Honors Life and Work of Jane Knitzer

A symposium on early childhood health and mental health was held Oct. 2, 2009 to honor the life and work of renowned child advocate and researcher Jane Knitzer, who led NCCP from 2004 until shortly before her death in early 2009.

The event included three panels on topics that were significant parts of Dr. Knitzer's experience: “Early Childhood Education;” “Social-Emotional Development and Mental Health;” and “Prevention and the Life-course.” The symposium was followed by a special dinner to honor Dr. Knitzer.

Panelists included:

  • Marilou Hyson, senior consultant, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Sharon Lynn Kagan, co-director, National Center for Children and Families; associate dean for policy, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Taniesha Woods, senior research associate, NCCP
  • Walter Gilliam, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University
  • Hiro Yoshikawa, professor, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Mareasa Isaacs, executive director, National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Association
  • William Beardslee, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Joan Lombardi, deputy assistant secretary and interdepartmental liaison for early childhood development, Administration for Children and Families
  • Janice Cooper, interim director, NCCP

Moderators included: