Our first National Meeting was held October 22 - 24, 2001 in Newport, Rhode Island. The objectives of the meeting were:
- To explore how to best use child development research to make more informed policy and program decisions within states.
- To consider a set of school readiness indicators that reflect child outcomes (physical health, social and emotional development, and cognitive skills) as well as systems outcomes (state policies and programs that affect young children and families).
- To identify ways that child well-being indicators can be used to shape a policy agenda that improves outcomes for children and families.
- To share strategies for communicating with policymakers, community leaders, and the public in order to improve child well-being in states and communities.