The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Summit is the largest and most diverse statewide ECE focused conference in Pennsylvania and brings together practitioners, technical assistance providers, administrators, policymakers and parents from child care, Head Start, pre-k and PK-3.
Since 2008, the Summit has provided early care and education practitioners, parents and advocates from across the early learning and school-age spectrum – Child Care, Head Start, Early Intervention, Pre-K Counts, Home Visitation, and School Districts – an opportunity to dialogue and learn while building a stronger early learning community. The program includes more than two hundred workshop sessions, inspiring keynotes, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Attendees can not only acquire new information, but can also connect with colleagues and enhance relationships with others in the early childhood field.
The Summit is intended to accomplish three goals:
Associate Research Professor
Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Pediatrician, educator, author, and health communicator, Dr. Laura Jana finds connections across disciplines and crystallizes big ideas into far-reaching, real world applications.
Currently an Associate Research Professor at Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Dr. Jana was most recently Director of Innovation in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and continues to serve as a strategic consultant to numerous government, nonprofit, and corporate clients, she has navigated the traditionally siloed worlds of academia, medicine, publishing, and commerce. Currently focused on innovation in parenting, pediatrics, public health, health system transformation and community development, what she sees is a bevy of great minds circling the same topics from different angles. As a translator of ideas and facilitator of dialogue, she’s on a mission to unite these worlds in order to change the public conversation about the skills needed for success in the Digital Age.