Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
Registration starts at 8:00 AM

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The Century House
997 New Loudon Road (Route 9)
Latham, NY 12110-2107

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Early Care & Learning Council 
New York State Council on Children and Families


Melissa Dobbs
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518-690-4217 x 10

2019 Equity & Inclusion Leadership Conference:
"The Cost of Inequity"

Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Century House | Latham, NY

 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Who Should Attend?

Interested Business Leaders, Educators, Law Enforcement, Military and Community Members

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Walter Gilliam

Dr. Gilliam stated "bias isn't just a police problem, it's a preschool problem." Dr. Gilliam will bring his ground-breaking research on expulsion and suspension in early learning settings to the conference on June 13.  Implicit biases are just that — subtle, often subconscious stereotypes that guide our expectations and interactions with people.

"We all have them," Gilliam says. "Implicit biases are a natural process by which we take information, and we judge people on the basis of generalizations regarding that information. We all do it."  If implicit bias can play a role on our preschool reading rugs and in our classrooms' cozy corners, it no doubt haunts every corner of our society.  Biases are natural, as Gilliam says, but they must also be reckoned with. Come and learn much, much more from Dr. Walter Gilliam.

In the meantime, read more about implicit biases here https://www.npr.org/sections/education/


Featured Speakers

Bill Millett    

The Substantial Cost of Early Learning Inequity Affects Us All
The high rate of suspension and expulsion in early education is directly linked to high rates of academic failure, drop outs, and incarcerations. It directly affects the future workforce, and to be more specific, it severely hinders a diverse workforce and our economic future. Businesses that cultivate a diverse workforce reap the benefits of increased productivity and creativity and gain the reputation of an employer that hires talented people without regard to race, ethnicity or gender. Understanding the advantages of workforce diversity helps establish an organization with a competitive edge.

Learn how you can support your local early learning institutions, schools and communities in producing your future
STEM employee.

Linda K Smith

Financing The Gap
A discussion on how we can finance the gap between what it costs to provide high-quality early care and education
and what parents can afford to pay for this care.

Pat Hart
Check back for session summary

Featured Panelists 

David Graham
Hector Lopez
Taknika Mickey
Stephanie Woodward


Registration fees are NON refundable. In the event that you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to the event.


All meals are included in the registration. 

Hotel Accommodations

Registration DOES NOT include hotel accommodation.  Please book your room by contacting The Century House directly. A block of rooms has been reserved in ECLC's name at the government rate of $113.00 per night. Book your room by June 1st to receive this discounted rate. *Please reference Early Care & Learning Council.  *Shuttle Service is available to the airport or train station. You will need to schedule 24 hours in advance with the hotel.


Albany International Airport
Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak
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