ICF International along with its partners—Columbia University, the Society for Research in Child Development and ESI—planned and managed the 2010 biennial Head Start national research conference. The purpose of the conference, which was held in June 2010, was to identify and disseminate cutting-edge, scientific research on early childhood education and family and child development (zero to 8 years), especially research related to Head Start participants, and to promote dialogue and partnership between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.
ICF managed the peer review of submissions. developed and managed the program, developed and supported a website, and provided logistical support. The culmination of the effort was a well-organized and stimulating conference that enhanced knowledge and, as a result, helped advance the practical application of research for the improvement of Head Start and other early childhood programs. The 2010 conference was the largest Head Start Research Conference ever held, with a record number of presentations and posters. The evidence of ICF success is that we have been selected to manage the next conference in June 2012.
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