The 2017 Funder Huddle Experience
Secretary Carson – Welcome Remarks
Building on a History of Collaboration
This plenary features examples of how Colorado foundations have collaborated at the local and state levels to advance outcomes for young children. Speakers highlight specific examples of success and key challenges ahead.
Moderator: Bruce Hoyt, Gary Community Investments
• Anne Anderson, The Ben and Lucy Ana Fund of the Walton Family Foundation
• Elsa Holguín, Rose Community Foundation
• Susan Steele, Buell Foundation
Moderator: Debra Jacobs, The Patterson Foundation
Progress to get to scale on third grade reading proficiency requires strategic, aligned policies at the local, state and federal levels that build a seamless system of care, services and supports from the early years through the early grades. The Federal Agency Panel brings together representatives of federal agencies serving children and families to highlight a few initiatives that are most relevant to the goal of grade-level reading by the end of third grade and to share ideas for how funders can get involved.
Moderator: Debra Jacobs, The Patterson Foundation
• David Biemesderfer, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
• Mae Hong, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
• Sheena Wright, United Way of New York City
Concurrent Plenary Session: Leveraging Medicaid for Impact
For the nation’s youngest children, Medicaid and CHIP play an outsized role, covering 45 percent of children under the age of six and 36 percent of children with special health care needs. Although the lion’s share of Medicaid dollars go to the elderly and disabled adults, the current debate on the future of Medicaid, including possible caps on federal funding to states, ending the Medicaid entitlement and a proposed 20 percent cut to CHIP would have a significant impact on Medicaid and CHIP, the nation’s largest single health insurer for kids. Funders are in an important position to help shine a light on what’s working by lifting up innovative ways states across the political aisle are using Medicaid to support outcomes for children. This session will showcase Medicaid innovations in Rhode Island and Georgia that other states can replicate and will explore how funders can leverage their leadership and influence to improve child outcomes through innovative uses of Medicaid and CHIP.
Moderator: Suzanne Mineck, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
• Paul Dworkin, Help Me Grow National Center and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
• Urcel Fields, Amerigroup Georgia
• Deb Florio, Deputy Medicaid Director and CHIP Director for the State of Rhode Island
• Arianne Weldon, Get Georgia Reading Campaign
Concurrent Plenary Session: ESSA: Chronic Absence as a Policy-Worthy Lever for Change
Children are chronically absent when they miss 10 percent or more of school in a year, and there is robust evidence that chronic absence puts children at risk of school failure. Nationally, more than 6.8 million students and at least 10 percent of kindergarteners and first graders are chronically absent.As states work to comply with the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of the most positive developments is the frequency with which they are adopting chronic absence as an indicator of school quality or student success.The purpose of this session is to help funders understand what is happening at the state and district level with respect to chronic absence within ESSA, and to offer concrete opportunities for funders to support that work.
Moderator: Hedy Chang, Attendance Works
• Tom Boasberg, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools
• Candice McQueen, Education Commissioner for the State of Tennessee
• Charlene Russell-Tucker, COO, Connecticut State Department of Education
• Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi
Plenary Session: Strategic Drivers for Impact
This panel of prominent and visionary philanthropy leaders share their insights on the strategic drivers that are vital to achieving bigger outcomes and sustainable impact.
Moderator: Meera Mani, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
• Jackie Bezos, The Bezos Family Foundation
• Robert Ross, The California Endowment
Plenary Session: Science Matters — The Developing Brain
New science tells us that a child’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Understanding this science is essential. Join us for this power-packed plenary session with national experts and leading researchers on literacy, math and executive functions. You’ll learn the most important aspects of translating brain science into systems, programs and policies that will help children not only read proficiently by third grade, but also continue to grow, learn and thrive throughout life.
Moderator: Ellen Galinsky, Bezos Family Foundation
• Anne Fernald, Language Learning Lab at Stanford, Department Psychology and Program in Human Biology, Stanford University
• Michèle Mazzocco, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
• Philip David Zelazo, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota