Welcome Message

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the Bright Start Foundation Board, we would be delighted to have you join us at the 2021 Bright Start Conference.

The Bright Start Foundation’s vision is a world where all children reach their full potential irrespective of their location, nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity.

One of the most powerful, evidence-based ways of realizing that vision is through optimizing early childhood experiences.  The positive effects of high-quality early childhood programs on specific, short- and long-term outcomes for children, families, and communities have been demonstrated by numerous research studies and proven to be immensely cost-effective from a societal perspective. Early Childhood professionals play a critical role in ensuring quality in early childhood care and education and we recognize and support them!

Achieving high quality in the early childhood environment is an iterative process that aims to constantly update and disseminate best practices and policies which evolve over time. Building on the success of the previous years’ conferences and consistent with our goal to improve the quality of early childhood care and education, the 2021 Bright Start Conference will bring together the leading international experts in early childhood to provide state of the art and state of the science training in how to best nurture the hearts and minds of today’s young children.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Bright Start International Conference.  In the meantime, please stay safe!

With all best wishes,

Mohammed Aldosari,

Conference Co-Chair

Calvin Moore,

Conference Co-Chair

Dimitri A. Christakis,

Conference Co-Chair

Conference Advisory Council

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

MOHAMMED ALDOSARI

MD, Advisory Board member Bright Start Foundation, Director and Staff Pediatric Neurologist, Center for Pediatric Neurosciences, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio USA

Track 1: for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Special Educational Needs

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

CALVIN MOORE

CEO, Child Development Associate (CDA)

Council for Professional Recognition, USA

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

DIMITRI A. CHRISTAKIS

Chair Bright Start Foundation, Editor in Chief, JAMA Pediatrics, Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington, USA

Track 2: for Typically Developing Children

Members

LORRAINE ALLMAN

Founder & CEO, Writer, Speaker, Educator & International Consultant, Can-Do Child, United Kingdom

IAN BROWN

Professor, Honorary, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia 

VINCENT J. CONSTANZA

Bright Start Foundation Advisory Council, Former Executive Director of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge & Co-Administrator, United States

DIANE CRAFT

Professor, Physical Education Department, State University of New York Cortland, United States

CHIP DONOHUE

Founding Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center, Erikson Institute, United States

DOMINIC F. GULLO

Ph.D., Professor of Early Childhood Education, Director, The McNichol Early Childhood Education Lab, School of Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Drexel University, United States

JACQUELINE HARDING

Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Founder of TCTV, Tomorrow’s Child, United Kingdom

GAI LINDSAY

Lecturer, BEd-The Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia 

EFTHYMIOS PAPATZIKIS

Associate Professor of Infant Brain Development and Education, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

LOUISE ANNA RUSKIN

Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Consultant, United Kingdom