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The Illinois Summit on Early Childhood and Healthy Beginnings  was hosted by the Family Resiliency Center and The  Pampered Chef Programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on October 15 and 16, 2009.    The program addressed the importance of healthy eating habits in child care, preschool and home settings and provided the latest evidence on economic benefits of early childhood interventions to the community at large.  Speakers challenged the audience to consider the implication of a "one-size-fits-all" approach to early childhood education.  

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                                                         ILLINOIS SUMMIT PROGRAMMMM


Introductions Barbara H. Fiese, PhD, The Pampered Chef, Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and Director, Family Resiliency Center

Remarks from Jerome Stermer, Chief of Staff,

Governor Pat Quinn

"Brilliant Futures for America's Children"

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B. Joseph White, President, University of Illinois

The Pampered Chef Programs Fall 2009 Lecture

  "No More Apple Juice and Crackers:  How to Really Promote Better Nutrition in Childcare"

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Marlene B. Schwartz, PhD, Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University

 "New Directions for Early Childhood Programs

in an Age of Accountability"

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Arthur J. Reynolds, PhD, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

"Advances in Early Childhood Education:

Does One Size Fit All?"

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Barbara T. Bowman, M.A., Chief Officer, Office of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools & Faculty Founder, Erikson Institute, Chicago
Developing a Statewide Action Plan
Moderator: Aisha Ray, PhD. Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Erikson Institute, Chicago
Summary and Next Steps
Barbara H. Fiese, Family Resiliency Center


















Steering Committee

  • Beverley Baker, Director of Community Investment, United Way of Champaign County
  • Brenda Eastham, Director of Operations, Child Care Resource Service, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Annette Lansford, M.D. (Ret), Carle Clinic, Urbana, Illinois
  • Janet Maruna, Executive Director, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA), Bloomington
  • Brent McBride, Professor and Director, Child Care Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Aisha Ray, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Erikson Institute, Chicago
  • Barbara Fiese, Professor and Director, Fa mily Resiliency Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Summit Sponsors   

  • Office of the Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Isabel Bevier Lectureship Fund, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    Speaker Bios

    B. Joseph White took office as the 16th president of the University of Illinois on January 31, 2005. Dr. White is familiar with both public higher education and the Midwest. He spent nearly three decades affiliated with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he received his doctorate in business administration in 1975 and served for a decade as dean of its top-ranked business school. Dr. White also has private-sector experience, including six years at Cummins Engine Co., Inc. (1981-87) and a year (2003) helping rebuild a Wall Street firm devastated by 9/11. He is a director or trustee of several companies and has served on the boards of two health care systems. Dr. White has written, taught, and lectured extensively on leadership, management and organizational matters. He is the author of The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader (AMACOM, 2007.)
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    Barbara H. Fiese  is Professor and Director of the Family Resiliency Center in the Department of Human and Community Development at the Unversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She also holds The Pampered Chef, Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and affiliated appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics. She received her PhD in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Fiese is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves as Chair of the APA's Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. She also serves on the Society for Research in Child Development Policy and Commications Board and the University of Rochester School of Medicine Wynne Center for the Family Research Board. She serves on the editorial boards of Family Process, and Journal of Pediatric Psychology and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology. Dr. Fiese recently co-authored an SRCD Social Policy Brief entitled "The Family Dinner Table:  Implications for Children's Health and Wellbeing" (22:4, 2008). Dr. Fiese's research focuses on family factors that promote health and wellbeing in children. She is a pioneer in the study of family routines and rituals and also is known for her work in family storytelling. She currently is engaged in a five-year project supported by the National Institute of Mental Health examining the role that family routines and rituals play in promoting medical adherence and reducing anxiety in children with asthma. Dr. Fiese and her research team have observed over 300 families during the course of a regular mealtime. These observations are being used as the foundation for public health initiatives to prevent childhood obesity and associted risks of asthma, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. Her most recent book, Family Routines and Rituals, was published by Yale University Press in September 2006.  (Back to Summit Program)

    Jerome Stermer, Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, served as Founding President of Voices for Illinois from 1987 to 2009 as well as Adjunct Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University from 2002 to present. He received a BA in English from Divine Word Seminary, Epworth Iowa and MA in Political Science from the University of Illniois. For many years, Mr. Stermer advocated for early public investments in children and improved education, health care and healthy child development; promoted a comprehensive plan of access to health insurance for uninsured chldren and tax-credits for low-income, working families; secured an expansion of preschool and other early childhood programs and championed the development of Healthy Families Illinois and the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. He also published Voices for Illinois Children's annual "Illinois Kids Count" data report on child wellbeing. Mr. Stermer has served as Board Member for the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, Voices for America's Children, United Way, and Governor's Task Force on Human Services Reform. He chaired the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Illinois Early Learning Council and on the coordination commitee, A+ Illinois campaign. He also served as a Commissioner, 21st Century Commission of the City of Chicago. Mr. Stermer has received the 2008 Benjamin Gingiss Service Award for Advocacy for vulnerable children from the Illniois Humane Society, the Chicago Center for Cultural Connections Founders Award, and The Blue Bow Award from the Children's Home and Aid Society. Governor Quinn named Mr. Stermer Chief of Staff in February 2009.

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    Marlene B. Schwartz serves as Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. She received her BA from Haverfod college and her MS and PhD in Psychology from Yale University. She completed her clinical internship at the Yale Medical School and post-doctoral training in the Yale Department of Psychology. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she served as Co-Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Schwartz's research is focused on how home environments, communities, and school landscapes shape the eating attitudes and behaviors of children. She frequently collaborates on state projects with  the Connecticut State Department of Education, including a large research study of Connecticut's K-12 School Wellness Policies and a statewide assessment of preschool nutrition and physical activity policies. These studies were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research Program. Dr. Schwartz was also the recipient of a transition grant from RWJ in 2008 to create a website based on the school wellness policy coding system that she developed with national colleagues. Her other areas of research include studies on the effect of food marketing directed at children, and how the WIC program changes the accessibility and affordability of healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods. Recent books and chapters include Weight Bias: Nature, Consequences, and Remedies (Brownell, Puhl & Schwartz, Eds., 2005); "Treatment of Overweight Children: Practical Strategies for Parents" (Henderson & Schwartz) in Self-Help for Eating Disorders and Obesity, Latner and Wilson (Eds), 2007; and Schwartz and Brownell, "Future directons for preventive action on obesity" in Obesity Prevention in the 21st Century: Public Health Approaches to Tackle the Obesity Pandemic, Crawford and Jeffrey, Eds, 2005.

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    Arthur J. Reynolds is Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Chicago Longitudinal Study, one of the largest and most extensive studies of the effects of early childhood intervention. Dr. Reynolds holds a PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago. He studies the effects of early childhood intervention on children's development from school entry to early adulthood and investigates family and school influences on children's educational success. Key interests include evaluation of social programs, prevention science, intervention research, and how child development  and evaluation research affect social policy. The Chicago Longitudinal Study tracks the life-course development of 1,500 children who attended early childhood programs in inner-city Chicago. The main focus is on the effects of the Child-Parent Center program, a school-based intervention from preschool to the early school grades. The project team is examining the effects of intervention on education, economic well-being, health, mental health, and family outcomes as well as documenting the determinants of child maltreatment, delinquency, and crime and educational attainment. Their goal is to understand the processes by which early childhood experiences affect development into adulthood. A cost-benefit analysis of the Child-Parent Center program has been published up to age 21. Recent publications include "Promoting well being in children and youth.  Findings from the Chicago Longitudinal Study." Children and Youth Services Review, 2006. (Whole issue); Reynolds, Wang,  & Walberg,Eds.,  Early Childhood Programs for a New Century, Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America, 2003; and Reynolds and Temple "Economic returns of investiments in preschool" in Zigler, Gilliam & Jones (Eds), A vision for universal prekindergarten, New York: Cambridge University Press,  (in press). 
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    Barbara T. Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development,  is one of three faculty founders of the Erikson Institute and served as president of the Institute from 1994-2001. She is Chief Early Childhood Education Officer for the Chicago Public Schools and serves as advisor to Secretary Arne Duncan, US Department of Education. She is past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Ms. Bowman received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and and M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago. She is an authority on early education, a national advocate for improved and expanded training for practioners who teach and care for young children, a pioneer in building knowledge and understanding of the issues of access and equity for minority children, and an expert on the role of grandparents in intergenerational family support. Ms. Bowman has served on the boards of the High Scope Educational Foundation, the Institute for Pschoanalysis, Business People in the Public Interest, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Among the honors she has received are the Voices for Illinois' Children Start Early Award; Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children Outstanding Service to Children Award; Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education; and the National Black Child Development Institute Leadership Award. Recent publications include "Standards in Early Childhood Education", Young Children, 2006; Ray, Bowman, & Robbins, "Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Successfully Educate All Children: The Contribution of Four-Year Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs, A Project of the Initiative on Race, Class and Culture in Early Childhood. Final Report to the Foundation for Child Development, New York, New York, 2006; and Ray, Bowman & Robbins, "Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Successfully Educate All Children: The Contribution of State Boards of Higher Education and National Professional Accreditation Organizations, A Project of the Initiative on Race, Class, and Culture in Early Childhood. Final Report to the Foundation for Child Development, New York, New York, 2006.    
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