For Immediate Release
May 5, 2014
For more information, contact:
Glenda Silvey (918) 660-3317 Cellular (918)770-2407
Tracy Kennedy (918) 660-3316 Cellular (918) 691-7174
Tulsa, Okla. – The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council have selected OU-Tulsa as a site for an information-gathering session on the study of children birth to age 8.
National representatives of the organizations will join local panelists for a public forum from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in Founders Hall of the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center, 4502 East 41st Street.
The Board on Children, Youth and Families of the Institute and Council is undertaking a study titled The Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success. A committee of volunteer experts will examine how the science of children’s health, learning and development can inform how the workforce is prepared to seamlessly support children from birth to age 8. More information about the study can be found at www.iom.edu/birthtoeight.
Tulsa is among three cities where sessions will be held; this one will focus on children birth through age 8 in Oklahoma. LaRue Allen, New York University, who chairs the study committee, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Gerard P. Clancy, M.D., President of OU-Tulsa; Steven Dow of the Community Action Project Tulsa; Annie Koppel Van Hanken of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and other panelists to be announced. A discussion period with the audience will follow.
“We look forward to this opportunity to work with the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in the exchange of information and ideas on this crucial time in children’s development,” said Dr. Clancy. “Oklahoma is among states recognized for implementing high quality services for young children. The Early Childhood Education Institute at OU-Tulsa is heavily involved in research to develop even better ways of supporting children’s and families’ health and learning.”
To register to attend the public session, contact Wendy Keenan at firstname.lastname@example.org.