SRCD sponsors and co-sponsors a number of policy-related meetings and briefings throughout the year. The links below provide access to materials from recent events bridging research and policy on child development.

September 25, 2015
SRCD Co-Sponsors Friends of IES Briefing on Early Math
On September 25th, SRCD co-sponsored a congressional briefing as part of the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The Friends of IES group aims to encourage federal investments in high quality education research, data collection, evaluation and dissemination. 

April 29, 2015
The 21st Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception
SRCD Co-Sponsored CNSF Poster Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill
On April 29, 2015, SRCD was represented by Drs. Kimberly Brenneman and Alissa Lange at a congressional poster exhibition and reception on Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation. The event was hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding, an alliance of organizations, including SRCD, concerned about the vitality of the national science, mathematics and engineering enterprise that work together to support the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation’s research and education programs.

April 29, 2014
High Quality Preschool Expansion: What Does Research Say?
SRCD Co-Sponsored Congressional Briefing
This SRCD- and Foundation for Child Development (FCD)-sponsored congressional briefing provided information for congressional leaders and their staff on expanding high quality preschool. Presentations focused on a research brief recently published by SRCD and FCD on Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education and also included perspectives from researchers and early childhood program leadership on high quality preschool as implemented city-wide in two different settings: Tulsa and Boston. 

October 16, 2013
Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education
This research brief, funded by the Foundation for Child Development and produced in collaboration with SRCD, reviews rigorous evidence on why early skills matter, which children benefit from preschool, the short- and long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s school readiness and life outcomes, the importance of program quality, and the costs versus benefits of preschool education. The brief was also the focus of a panel discussion at the New America Foundation.

May 23, 2013
From the Lab to the Classroom: Institute of Education Sciences Research to Improve Our Nation’s Math and Science Achievement
This SRCD-sponsored Congressional briefing focused on how research funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] education. Presentations were provided by IES Director John Q. Easton, in addition to SRCD members Douglas Clements, Nora Newcombe, and Robert Siegler. 

May 7, 2013
The 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception
SRCD co-sponsored this Capitol Hill event, which featured a poster exhibit by SRCD members David Uttal and Catherine Haden, in addition to poster exhibits from more than 30 other National Science Foundation-funded scientists. The event was attended by a number of lawmakers and their staff. 

July 12, 2012
Celebrating 50 Years of Research Progress at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: A Congressional Reception and Science Exhibition  
SRCD participated in this Capitol Hill event, which featured a poster exhibit by SRCD member Connie Kasari, in addition to poster exhibits from 14 other NICHD-funded scientists. Dr. Kasari’s research focuses on enhancing communication skills in young children with autism. The event was attended by a number of lawmakers and their staff.

May 15, 2012
The 18th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception
SRCD co-sponsored this Capitol Hill event, which featured a poster exhibit by SRCD member Sandra Simpkins, in addition to poster exhibits from more than 30 other National Science Foundation-funded scientists. The event was attended by a number of lawmakers and their staff.

March 26, 2012
Research on Early Childhood Development in Low-Income Countries
This half-day meeting brought together participants from  diverse  settings—including universities, research organizations, foundations, development organizations, U.S. agencies, and multilateral agencies—to discuss important recent developments and needed next steps in research on early childhood development in low-income countries.

September 22, 2011
Raising Healthy Children: Recent Evidence from Developmental Science
This SRCD-sponsored Congressional briefing featured presentations on research published in a special issue of the journal Child Development on “Raising Healthy Children.” The briefing included several U.S. Senators and Representatives as Honorary Co-Chairs and featured presentations from several distinguished SRCD members.