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On February 10, 2010, a partnership of the United Way of Southern Nevada, the UNLV Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, the Agassi Foundation for Education and the State of Nevada Head Start State Collaboration Office, with support from The Lincy Foundation, hosted the Nevada Business Summit on Early Childhood Investment. The summit met to discuss effective ways to invest in early childhood education and health, in hopes of creating solutions that would provide long term human capital development through early intervention. The summit tied issues of employment opportunities, job readiness and economic trends with the need to invest in early childhood programs to enhance Nevada's growth and competitiveness in the United States and global economy. During the summit, members of the business and early childhood community heard from three guest speakers which highlighted the connection between business and early childhood development. First, Dr. Pat Levitt discussed toxic stress and its impact on learning and health, followed by Dr. Art Rolnick who presented on early childhood development and public return on investment, and ended with Dr. Robert Dugger who put forth the call to action.


Children – Health and hygiene; Early childhood education; Labor supply – Effect of education on; Stress in children


Education | Health Services Research | Labor Relations | Maternal and Child Health