2019 Annual Luncheon
Help us create our masterpiece
All expertise and genius is built on a strong foundation of the basics. Even the masters start out finger painting! This year we explore what it takes to create a masterpiece – one fundamental step at a time.
We’ve been working for generations to expand access to high-quality early care and learning environments, as well as to support the capacity of caregivers that care for young children. Decades of research show that these experiences advance children’s cognitive skills as well as attentiveness, persistence, motivation, self-control and teamwork. They ignite children’s inherent love of learning at an early age.
How can we prime the canvas so that every child has every chance to thrive? Our keynote speaker, Myra Jones Taylor, Ph.D., Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, joins us to explore the “things we don’t talk about in early childhood.” The time is right to get our hands in the paint and think deeply about what we need to ensure every child’s canvas is primed for greatness. Join us!
September 12, 2019
Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
Myra Jones-Taylor is the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, the national leader on infant-toddler policy and program development. There, she leads the development and implementation of the organization’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies; oversees the Policy Center, which includes federal and state policy and advocacy; and serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization on public policy matters with policymakers, the media, funders and partner organizations.
Prior to this role, Myra served as the founding Commissioner of Early Childhood, leading the cabinet-level state agency responsible for early care and education, home visiting, early intervention and child care licensing in the state, serving all children from birth through age five. During her time as Commissioner, the state agency was awarded $50 million in new, competitive federal grants and expanded access to high-quality preschool to 25 percent more three- and four-year-olds.
Myra received her doctorate in American studies and anthropology from Yale University. She has the honor of being both an Ascend Fellow and a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She writes and speaks about race, racial identity and social inequality. You can find her writing and speaking about these issues in The Atlantic and on the podcast The Longest Shortest Time. She is also an active board member of national organizations committed to equity and supporting the needs of young children and families, including All Our Kin, the Irving Harris Foundation and LIFT Communities. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.