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Thursday, March 23


7:00 a.m. Check In and Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Conference Overview

David Buchholz, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Michael Grover, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

Opening Remarks: Chair Janet Yellen, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Introduced by Eric Belsky, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

9:00 a.m. Plenary Session I: Early Childhood Development and Return on Investment

Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Jack Shonkoff, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University


Arthur Rolnick, University of Minnesota


Moderator: Aranthan (AJ) Jones II, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

10:30 a.m. Break 
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1 (See bottom of page for color key)

Early Childhood Development: Bringing Programs to Scale 


Arthur J. Reynolds, University of Minnesota, Scaling and Sustaining Effective Early Childhood Programs Through School-Family-University Collaboration


M. Caridad Araujo, Inter-American Development Bank, Implementing Home Visiting At-Scale: the Evaluation of Peru's Cuna Mas


Max Crowley, Pennsylvania State University, Valuing Early Social and Emotional Skills


Moderator: Yvonne Sparks, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Discussant: Carrie Cihak, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine


Community-Based Strategies to Boost Academic Achievement


Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, Something To Be About: Identity and Institutions in the Lives of Urban Youth


Amy Schwartz, Syracuse University, Maxwell School, The Impact of Housing Vouchers on Academic Outcomes


Gregory Gilpin, Montana State University, Do Opportunities to Close the Learning Gap Exist in Every U.S. Community? An Assessment of Public Libraries as an Educational Pinch Hitter


Moderator: Roy Lopez, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 


Discussant: Andrea Levere, CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)


Returns to Education: Disparities in Outcomes


Alessia Leibert, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Racial Disparities in Employment Outcomes after College


Rajashri Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, How Does For-Profit College Attendance Affect Student Loans, Defaults, and Earnings?


Amy Peterson, St. Catherine University, Returns to Education in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities


Moderator: Claire Kramer Mills, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Discussant: Anusha Nath, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

12:30 p.m.  Lunch
  Afternoon Remarks: President Neel Kashkari, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Introduced by Michael Grover, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

2:00 p.m. Transition time
2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2 (See bottom of page for color key)

Assessing the Impact of Early Learning Programs


Jeffrey Grigg, Johns Hopkins School of Education, Reading on Grade Level: Perspective and Context from Baltimore 


William Gormley, Georgetown University, The Effects of Tulsa's Pre-K Program on Middle School Student Performance


Timothy Bartik, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Returns to Large-Scale Public School Pre-K Programs


Moderator: Prabal Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Discussant: Rob Grunewald, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 


Schools, Neighborhood Organizations, and Youth Well-Being


Daniel Tannenbaum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Does School Quality Affect Neighborhood Formation? Evidence from a Redistricting Reform


Megan Gallagher, Urban Institute, Adding and Subtracting Schools: Examining School Change for Students and Communities


Sarah Stoddard, University of Michigan, Exploring the Role of Community Assets in Youth Violence


Moderator: Theresa Singleton, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 


Discussant: Ray Boshara, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 


Child Poverty, Inequality, and Adult Outcomes


Caroline Ratcliffe, Urban Institute, Pathways out of Persistent Childhood Poverty


Joanna Taylor, Brandeis University, K-12 Education as a Linchpin in Wealth Building Potential: An Exploration of School Effects on Wealth


William Emmons, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, College Is Not Enough: Higher Education Does Not Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gaps


Moderator: Todd Greene, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 


Discussant: Ida Rademacher, Aspen Institute 

3:45 p.m. Transition time
4:00 p.m. Plenary Session II: Shaping Economic Futures: The Role of Communities

Rebekah Levine Coley, Boston College


Sandra Newman, Johns Hopkins University


Erin Hardy, Brandeis University


Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, University of California-Berkeley


Moderator: Erika Poethig, Urban Institute

5:30 p.m.

Poster Session and Evening Reception

7:00 p.m. Day One Concludes           


Friday, March 24


7:00 a.m.  Breakfast 
8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Day Overview

Arturo Gonzalez, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 


Michael Grover, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

  Opening Remarks: President Charles Evans, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Introduced by Alicia Williams, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 

9:00 a.m.  Plenary Session III: Skill Development and Workforce Outcomes

Laurence Steinberg, Temple University


Adriana Kugler, Georgetown University


Margaret Simms, Urban Institute


Moderator: William Spriggs, Howard University

10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 3 (See bottom of page for color key)

Community Assets and the Opportunity Gap


Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Case Western Reserve University, Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Early Childhood Risk Factors and Kindergarten Readiness


John Sipple, Cornell University, Caring for the Young: The Capacity of Communities in New York State to Care for Young Children


Elaine Weiss, The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, Education Inequities at the School Starting Gate: Conditions, Trends, and Strategies to Address Them


Moderator: Tammy Edwards, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 


Discussant: Richard Todd, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 


Housing and Neighborhoods: Place Effects on Educational Achievement


Scott Holupka, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Racial Disparities in Assisted Housing Environments for Children


Elia De la Cruz Toledo, University of Chicago, The Geography of Opportunity: Developmental Trajectories of Children in Baltimore


Ariel Bierbaum, University of Maryland, The Burden of Choice: Assessing the Impact of Charter School Options on Household Travel Behavior in Philadelphia 


Moderator: Sandra Tormoen, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 


Discussant: Nancy Andrews, LIIF (Low Income Investment Fund)


Policy Interventions to Improve Child Outcomes 


David Rehkopf, Stanford University, The Effects of Anti-Poverty Tax Policy on Child and Adolescent BMI and Obesity


Peter Bergman, Teachers College, Columbia University, The Effects of School Integration: Evidence from a Randomized Desegregation Program


Stephen Cornman, U.S. Department of Education, State, District, and School-Level Finance Surveys, Do Equity and Adequacy Court Decisions and Policies Make a Difference for At-Risk Students following Abbott, Rose, McDuffy, and Hancock? Longitudinal Evidence from New Jersey 


Moderator: David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Discussant: Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution 

12:30 p.m.  Lunch
  Afternoon Keynote: Geoffrey Canada, Author and Inner-City Youth and Education Advocate; Founder of Harlem Children’s Zone

Introduced by Dorothy Bridges, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 


Moderator: Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, University of Texas; MSNBC Contributor 

2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks: Anna Alvarez Boyd, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
2:30 p.m.  Adjournment


Color Key for Concurrent Session Titles

Teal sessions feature papers focused on Early Childhood Development.
Orange sessions feature papers focused on Community Conditions.
Green sessions feature papers focused on Education and Workforce. 

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