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Head Start director and other federal agency representatives discuss how they incorporate arts education into early childhood development programs at the latest public webinar from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development

For Immediate Release

You are invited to a live, public webinar, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET

Why is arts education important to early childhood development? This webinar looks at how federal agencies are using arts education to  foster the well-being of the youngest populations. Representatives from Head Start and the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will discuss current efforts to incorporate arts education into programs for young children. The webinar will also share recent research that measures the school readiness of children involved in Head Start arts enrichment programs.    

The latest public webinar is hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 17 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies and departments. More information on the Task Force can be found on the web site. 

Guests and speakers:

  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar
  • Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eleanor Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology, West Chester University

How to join the webinar

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at 202-682-5606 or giffords@arts.gov.

You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @NEAarts with the hashtag #NEAtaskforce.

An archive of the webinar will be available at /videos/webinars