Early Childhood Forum

Public Event

Early Childhood Research Roundtable

What Do We Know About the Early Education and Care Workforce?


June 21, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington Street, 3rd floor Boston, MA


As part of our Vision 2020 strategic plan, the Boston Foundation is deepening its focus on the critical pre-natal to age 5 early childhood years to improve children's readiness for success in school and life. We plan to host several forums and convenings in the coming year to raise public awareness of opportunities and challenges in early childhood. In this context, we launched the Early Childhood Research Roundtable series. This series will periodically convene researchers and program and policy leaders to discuss a specific topic in early childhood with the objective of strengthening connections between research and practice.


This event is the second in the Early Childhood Research Roundtable series and the first of several that will focus on issues related to the early education and care workforce. This session will feature presentations and a discussion about the characteristics, strengths and challenges of the workforce as well as several emerging solutions, such as leadership development and shared services. 

Linda MasonFounder, Bright Horizons; Vice Chair, The Boston Foundation Board of Directors

Presentations & Panel Discussion

Anne Douglass, Associate Professor & Executive Director, Institute for Early Education Leadership &
Innovation, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Sunindiya Bhalla, Senior Director, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Katie Brayden Calias, Clinical Faculty, Early Childhood Education, UMass Boston; 

Former Child Care Center Director

Susan Crandall, Director, Center for Social Policy and Clinical Professor

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies


Panel Moderator

Jennifer Gilbert, Executive Director, Kuehn Charitable Foundation

Closing Remarks
Paul S. GroganPresident & CEO, The Boston Foundation

The Civic Leadership Fund

By working in collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Boston Foundation provides opportunities for people to come together to explore challenges facing our constantly changing community and to develop an informed civic agenda. All of the Boston Foundation's civic leadership activities are supported by the Civic Leadership Fund at the Boston Foundation.