MFN's 12th Annual Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture with Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka

A quality early childhood education system in Maryland must be an equitable one. On October 13, 2021, Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD spoke about how best to ensure excellence for young, diverse learners, especially Black children. This included reforming existing systemic racism, examining non-traditional pedagogical approaches, new public policies, and training geared towards early education practitioners.

Dr. Iruka is a Research Professor of Public Policy and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at the Franklin Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. She is engaged in projects and initiatives focused on how evidence-informed policies, systems, and practices in early education can support the optimal development and experiences of children from low-income and ethnic minority households.

We appreciate the partnership of Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health on this event. The Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture is made possible by generous support from: PNC Bank, Legg Mason, M and T Bank, and Child Care Foundation, Inc.