Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Urban Institute Audio Webcast: Children, the Recession, and the Economic Recovery Plan

Feb. 19, 9am-10:30 E.T. Register for live audio webcast here:
As the economy ails, policymakers, program managers, and service providers will be under extraordinary pressure to get the biggest bang for each buck. Be part of the discussion as experts tackle such questions as

- What happens to children and families during recessions?
- What must federal, state, and local officials do to speedily implement the recovery package and coordinate programs effectively?
- Are service providers ready?
- How will budget-strained states handle a funding infusion?
- Can new and expanded activities jump start change in early childhood programs and other children's initiatives?
- Will the recovery plan's short-term boost take the pressure off Congress to make permanent investments and reforms?
- How should legislators and laypeople measure success?

- Derek Douglas, director, New York governor's Washington office
- Olivia Golden (moderator), institute fellow, Urban Institute; former assistant secretary for children and families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president, DHE Consulting LLC; director of domestic and economic policy, 2008 John McCain presidential campaign; former director, Congressional Budget Office
- Joan Lombardi, research professor, Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University; first director, Child Care Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services
- Matthew Stagner, executive director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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