When President Obama announced his intention to make early childhood education more accessible, some critics questioned whether it warranted a top spot on the national agenda.
Craig T. Ramey, Ph.D., would respond that no single initiative has greater potential to reduce poverty and unemployment, level socioeconomic disparities, and create a more intelligent and socially competent society than early childhood education.
Ramey, a distinguished scholar of human development at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, and professor of pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Va., was the keynote speaker on April 17 at the 10th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education (GSE).
Ramey, who received GSE’s Excellence in Early Childhood Award, presented “The Abecedarian Approach to Early Intervention” to 300 early childhood educators gathered at Hotel Pennsylvania. He and his research team have studied over 100,000 children and their families in over 40 states and consistently found that receiving a quality education early on has a lasting and dramatic effect.