The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Biden Led An Early Childhood Roundtable Discussion In Cornwall, England

CORNWALL, June 11, 2021)— Delivering education to children aged 4-11 years old, Connor Downs Academy is a member of the Aspire Academy Trust family which comprises 28 primary schools across Cornwall.  It works to create a caring and challenging environment in which all pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential.  The school recognizes and values the importance of nurturing positive relationships and actively supports the mental health and wellbeing of both children and staff.
The Duchess and Dr. Biden then led a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector who have been influential in The Duchess’ work in this space.  They discussed why early childhood is so important to lifelong outcomes and what can be done to make a difference.  The Duchess and The First Lady were joined in the room by:

Professor Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, University College London;

  • Dr Trudi Seneviratne OBE, Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Adult and Perinatal Psychiatrist & Clinical Director, SLaM;
  • Ed Vainker OBE, CEO of Reach Foundation, Co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham and Reach Hub; and

·        Owen Thomas, Head of Program at Future Men.
The following experts from the United States participated in the roundtable via video link: 

  • Miriam Calderon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Miranda Lynch Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • Katie Hamm, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

The importance of providing adequate support for parents and children alike during early childhood, and the positive impact that this can have across society, is something which Her Royal Highness and The First Lady have both gained an understanding of through their respective work.
For over ten years, The Duchess of Cambridge has seen first-hand how the root cause of so many of today’s hardest social challenges – from poor mental health and addiction to family breakdown and homelessness – can be traced right back to the earliest years of life.  In that time, she has worked with experts and spent time listening to the sector, parents, families and cares about their experience of and work on the early years.  Next week, The Duchess will step up her work in this area, with a major announcement outlining how she will elevate the importance of early childhood and continue the conversation on this vital issue. 
Through her years as an English professor and former high school teacher and reading specialist, Dr. Biden has witnessed the struggle of students who lacked a solid foundation of early childhood care and education.  She, along with President Biden, are committed to increasing opportunities for all children and young people to grow, learn, and gain the skills they need to succeed. 

President Joe Biden is expected to join the discussion..

Source: Daily Mail wrote the original article.

Photo: The Royal Family

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