If not now, when? Will we save a historic opportunity to build a cradle-to-kindergarten infrastructure

Apr 11, 2022 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM


This free event is brought to you by EdPolicy Works of UVA's School of Education & Human Development and open to the public.

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Ajay Chaudry
Research Scholar
New York University


Ajay Chaudry is a research professor at New York University’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Services. His work in public policy research and analysis focuses on improving children’s well-being and development, early care and education, human services programs, and immigration. He is the author of Putting Children First: How low-wage working mothers manage child care, co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A new plan to combat inequality. From 2012 to 2015, Chaudry was a political appointee in the Obama administration, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. He also previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Early Childhood Programs at the NYC Administration for Children Services, Director of the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and as a faculty member at the New School for Social Research School of Management and Urban Policy.


Early care and education policies have received significant attention in the last two years. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the limited and fragile nature of child care and preschool programs across the states, and how essential these services are for working parents, employers, and the functioning of a modern economy. Comprehensive proposals to make historic new investments to bring early care and education services to scale have brought the issues to center stage at federal and state policy levels.

This presentation and talk will discuss Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality a comprehensive, research-driven plan to invest in early-childhood education, discuss how this compares with recent proposals, what level of investment is required to make an integrated system of high quality learning opportunities for children birth to age five building from the diverse landscape of existing services across the states.