SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

October 05, 2010 13:54 ET

The Effect of Early Education on K-12 Success Focus of TOWN HALL LA Panel

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) -  The question "Does Investing in the Early Years Lead to Students' Success?" will be the focus of a panel discussion presented by TOWN HALL Los Angeles and the California Community Foundation on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at The Regency Club. The panel of experts in education, psychology and industry will discuss current research and explore the causal relationship between early education and future achievements.

"Children who receive a quality early education are much more likely to grow up to be successful adults," said panelist Dr. Celia C. Ayala, CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool. "Unfortunately, thousands of young children in Los Angeles County do not have access to quality affordable preschools and consequently, are not prepared for kindergarten. That achievement gap tends to remain with them throughout their school experience."

Research indicates that children who have attended preschool score better on reading and math achievement tests, are less likely to drop out of high school, be placed in special education, or held back a grade. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided more than $5 billion in early care and education funding; California's share is over $500 million. This included funds to serve 7,000 additional children and to improve the quality of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

Panelists also include Richard S. Atlas, Co-founder and Trustee, The Atlas Foundation; Maria A. Casillas, President, Families in Schools; Tamika M. Lang, California Community Investor, Global Corporate Citizenship, The Boeing Company; and Gail L. Zellman, PhD, Senior Research Psychologist & Practicing Clinical Psychologist, RAND Corporation. Molly Munger, Co-founder & Director of the Advancement Project, will moderate.

The mission of the California Community Foundation is to strengthen Los Angeles communities through effective philanthropy and civic engagement.

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When: Thursday, October 14, 2010  
  12:00 PM Luncheon; 12:30 PM panel Discussion with Audience Q&A  
Where: The Regency Club  
  10900 Wilshire Boulevard  
  Los Angeles, CA 90024-6522

Tickets $35, Call 213.628.8141 or visit

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