Feb 19

The Economics of Early Education Summit

9 - 11 a.m. | Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  | 

Light of the World
4646 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228

The importance of early childhood education has taken center stage in Indianapolis throughout 2013. And it's at the top of United Way of Central Indiana's 2014 Public Policy Agenda. Please join us for an informative discussion with moderator Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business and keynote speaker Robert H. Dugger, PhD. United Way of Central Indiana is pleased to present this summit along with several partners.

Dr. Dugger is an expert on assessing the effect of government policy on domestic issues and will address how investing in early childhood education now will yield great returns in the future for Central Indiana.

There is no charge to attend this event and it open to the public. Pre-registration has closed, however we welcome walk-ups the day of the event. We are also asking for everyone who attends to donate a canned good to the Light of the World food pantry. A screening of the 30-minute documentary, Are We Crazy About Our Kids?, will be included.

"This will be a timely opportunity for legislators, business executives, nonprofit leaders and other community members to hear from an economic and policy leader about the substantial returns associated with investments in quality early childhood education -- investments with benefits for generations," said Ann D. Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana.

We encourage everyone to take the ReadyNation Pledge. By signing this pledge, you are signaling your belief in the importance of quality early childhood development programs and a commitment to work locally, in your state and/or throughout the nation to make sure children are ready to succeed.

Video Excerpt

Are We Crazy About Our Kids?
Are We Crazy About Our Kids? is one of the supporting episodes to the forthcoming documentary series, The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.


Event Speaker

Robert H. Dugger, PhD
Chairman of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and Invest in Kids Working Group

Robert DuggerRobert H. Dugger, PhD, is a venture capital investor, retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, and co-founder of ReadyNation. Dr. Dugger’s main interest is early child development and organizing strong business coalitions in states to support high-return investment spending in children prenatal to five. He was the first recipient of ZERO TO THREE’s Reiner Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Very Young Children.

Dr. Dugger began his career at the Federal Reserve Board in 1972, and in the 1980s served on the staffs of the House and Senate banking committees and the American Bankers Association. From 1992 to 2008 he was a partner in Tudor Investment Corporation. To improve the quality of economic research and analysis, Dr. Dugger participated in founding the Institute for New Economic Thinking in 2009 and serves on its governing board and its advisory board. Together with Dr. James Heckman, University of Chicago professor and Nobel Prize winner, and Dr. Steven Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Dugger heads INET’s Global Working Group on Human Capital and Economic Opportunity.

Dr. Dugger received his BA from Davidson College and his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Federal Reserve Dissertation Fellowship.


Event Partners

Special thanks to:

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • City of Indianapolis
  • The Expectations Project
  • Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
  • Indiana Association of United Ways
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (formerly Indiana Grantmakers Alliance)
  • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Light of the World Christian Church
  • The Mind Trust
  • OSP Group
  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
  • WFYI