2018 Congress
The transition to school: equity, quality and innovation

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Based on the latest researches, the overall vision of the 2nd International Early Childhood Action Congress is to expand knowledge and question the key ingredients of an effective educational continuum benefiting children from birth to school entry.

The main objective is for stakeholders to explore, unite and build a sound consensus on key action points & practices bridging educational and social policies. Leading research figures from international & national environments will come to share on the latest advances in neuroscience and education.

Orateurs principaux

Craig Alexander

Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
Currently oversees the Conference Board of Canada Economics Department as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist. Previously, Craig was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. Prior to joining the private sector, he spent four years as an economist at Statistics Canada. He is a strong supporter of literacy and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his charitable work.

Geneviève Avenard

Deputy Mayor of Le Havre in charge of education, early childhood and the family
Florence Thibaudeau Rainot is Deputy Mayor of Le Havre in charge of education, early childhood and the family since 2014, and is also Vice President of the Seine Maritime Department, in charge of Le Havre territory since 2015. She worked 20 years as a sales manager in an event management company and is an elected official since 2008.

Steven W. Barnett

Principal Co-Director, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), University of Rutgers
Steven W. Barnett, Ph.D. is part of the Board of Governors, Professor of Education and Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. As an economist, Dr. Barnett’s research has focused on the economic and human impacts of early care, education policy and programs.

Kevan Collins

Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Sir Kevan Collins has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.

Sue Dockett

Professor, Early Childhood Education, Charles Sturt University
Professor of Early Childhood Education, for over 20 years Sue Docket has researched in educational transitions, particularly transitions to school, and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. This research has been published widely, and has had substantial impact on policy, practice and research.

Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain

Founder and chairperson of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation.
She was the former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Canada. She is a determined champion of
early childhood education. She co-authored Early Years Study 1, 2 and 3 (1999, 2007, 2011). She published The Early Years Study 3 documents which outlines the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education. It introduces the Early Childhood Education Report to monitor the funding, policy, access and quality of early education programming. In 2019, she will co-author Early Years Study 4.

Olivier Noblecourt

Interministerial Delegate for the prevention and fight against child and youth poverty
Olivier Noblecourt organises consultations with the main actors in the field of prevention and fight against child and youth poverty. He coordinates, at the inter-ministerial level, the preparation of the strategy to prevent and combat child and youth poverty, as well as the drafting of legislative and regulatory texts, which he then ensures the implementation.

Abbie Raikes

Director of Global Early Childhood Development, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Abbie Raikes, PhD., MPH, is an associate professor at the, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Fellow at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Dr. Raikes’ recent work has focused on improving early childhood programs and policies in low- and middle-income countries through her leadership of the Measuring Early Learning Quality & Outcomes project. Her research background also includes a strong focus on young children’s social/emotional development.

Gabriela Ramos

Directrice de Cabinet du Secrétaire Général de l’OCDE et Sherpa pour le G20
Gabriela Ramos est chef de cabinet de l’OCDE et sherpa pour le G20. En plus de soutenir l’Agenda stratégique du Secrétaire général, elle est responsable des contributions de l’Organisation à l’agenda mondial, y compris le G20 et le G7. Elle dirige le Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges et supervise également les travaux sur l’éducation, l’emploi et les affaires sociales.

Iram Siraj

Professor of Child Development & Education, University of Oxford
Iram’s recent research projects have included the major DCSF 17-year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) and of the influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project (REPEY). She has and is leading studies/RCTs as a principal investigator in teams of trans-disciplinary researchers across a number of countries. Iram is a specialist, early years advisor to governments, ministers in the UK and overseas, and has been a special advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education.

Marla Sokolowski

Program co-director for Child and Brain Development, Institute for Advanced Research
PhD, FRSC is an award winning Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto and codirector of the Child and Brain Development Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She studies the genetics and epigenetics of gene-environment interplay in behaviour.

Emily Vargas-Baron

Director, Institute for Reconstruction and International Security through Education (RISE Institute)
Emily Vargas-Barón, Ph.D., directs RISE Institute, conducts research, and advises nations on policy planning for early childhood development and early intervention. Her key statements are the following: Planning transitions from home to inclusive preschool and primary school helps attain equity and quality. Moreover, early intervention services are required to achieve inclusive education.

Stefania Giannini

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education
Stefania Giannini was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO’s Education Sector in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda. Prior to taking up her position, Ms Giannini worked as Professor of Linguistics and served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Later on, in her role as Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and targeting cultural awareness.

H.E. Jameela Bint Salem Al Muhairi

Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education, United Arab Emirates
Minister of State for Public Education, first woman appointed to this position. Before becoming Minister of State, in her role as Chief of Dubai School Inspection Bureau at Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Jameela helped develop an excellent Quality Assurance System for schools, the first in the region. She also was an Executive Director in the Dubai Education Council, held key positions in Knowledge Village and the Ministry of Education.

Modérateurs

Yuri Belfali

Head of the OECD Early Childhood and School Education Division
Yuri Belfali supports the Directorate for Education and Skills in providing strategic direction to the work on knowledge generation and its policy implication concerning skills development in early childhood education, care and school systems. She oversees large scale surveys like the PISA, TALIS and thematic analyses. She also worked for UNICEF as Chief of the Education Section in Morocco and for the World Bank in the field of human development and has advised governments.

Geneviève Bélisle

General Director, Association Québécoise des Centres de la Petite Enfance (AQCPE)
Recognized within the network, in which she has been involved since 2004, Geneviève Bélisle is well placed to understand the realities on the ground and find solutions adapted to each environment. In fact, in past 10 years she has had the opportunity to visit over 400 early child daycare centres across the province and to work with various community and research partners.

Jane Bertrand

Program Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation
Jane Bertrand is the Program Director at the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. She worked in collaboration with the late Dr. Frase Mustard and the Hounourable Margaret Norie. Jane Bertrand has launched several studies including: the McCain on Early Years Study (1999), the Early Years Study 2 (2007) and the Early Years Study (2011).

Michel Boivin

Professor of Psychology, Canada Research Chair in Child Development, Université Laval
PhD, FRSC; Holds the Canada Research Chair in Child Development, is professor of Psychology, and Director of the Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptation psychosociale chez l’enfant at Université Laval, where he leads a program of research on the bio-social determinants of child development. He is co-editor of the Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development, an international knowledge mobilization initiative, and a member of Royal Society of Canada.

Nathalie Casso-Vicarini

President and founder of Ensemble for early childhood Education
President and founder of the association “Ensemble pour l’Education de la Petite Enfance”, Nathalie advises in the field of education and early childhood to set up and encourage quality, equitable and sustainable actions. She teaches Education Sciences at the University of Paris and is a member of the Paris Ouest University Improvement Committee. Trained in non-violent communication, she is an early childhood educator, trainer, lecturer and lawyer in social law.

Kerry McCuaig

Fellow at Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Kerry McCuaig is a fellow in early childhood policy at the Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Her work includes policy development, evaluation and advice on progress in early years program development. She co-authored Early Years Study 3, Making Decisions, Taking Action with Margaret McCain and the late Fraser Mustard. She is also the founder of Toronto First Duty, a pioneer in the integrated delivery of early childhood programming.

Rowena Phair

Consultant, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)
Former Deputy Secretary of Student Achievement in the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, Rowena Phair is now a Project Leader in the Education and Skills Directorate of the OECD where she is leading several new studies on children’s early development and on social and emotional skills of school-aged students. Rowena’s other work in the OECD includes wider ECEC policies and systems, measurement indicators for the education related Sustainable Development Goals, and education strategies for disadvantaged students.

Jean-Emmanuel Rodocanachi

Vice-President, Fédération Française des Entreprises de Crèches (FFEC)
Jean-Emmanuel Rodocanachi the Vice-President of the “Fédération Française des Entreprises de Crèches (FFEC) and is also the Chairman and cofounder of Grandir, one of Europe’s leading childcare group. More than 20 000 children are welcomed every day in its 400 nurseries and pre-schools in France (under the name Les Petits Chaperons Rouges), Germany (Infanterix) and the UK (Kiddi Caru).

François Soulage

Economist, Founder of the Institute for the Development of the Social Economy, President of Christians in Forum
Graduate of Political Sciences and Member of the Socialist Party, François was municipal councillor of Nanterre from 1983 to 1995, and Inter-ministerial Delegate for the Social Economy in 1981. He then founded the Institute for the Development of the Social Economy (IDES) and became its president. Thereafter, he worked as president of the Catholic Relief Service from February 2008 to June 2014. Since 2014, he has become the president of Christians in Forum.

Intervenants des panels

Geneviève Bélisle

General Director, Association Québécoise des Centres de la Petite Enfance (AQCPE)
Recognized within the network, in which she has been involved since 2004, Geneviève Bélisle is well placed to understand the realities on the ground and find solutions adapted to each environment. In fact, in past 10 years she has had the opportunity to visit over 400 early child daycare centres across the province and to work with various community and research partners.

Tracey Burns

Senior analyst, OCDE Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)
Head of a portfolio of projects in the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation Previous to her time at the OECD she worked on social determinants of health and well-being. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of British Columbia, Dr. Burns led a research team investigating newborn infants’ responses to language, and was an award-winning lecturer on infant and child development.

Eric Charbonnier

Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
Analyst in the Directorate of Education at the OECD since 1997 for the Indicators and Analysis Division which annually releases the publication “Education at a Glance” and every three years the results of the PISA study. He has also advised policy makers to help them situate their education systems in relation to those of other OECD countries and to analyse education policies pursued by OECD countries.

Erika Dähler

Founder and Co-director, Association a:pirmo “The Ping-Pong program is an initiative to build bridges between families and school”
Erika Dähler is the founder and co-director of the association a:primo, which develops and publishes the play-based early intervention programs schritt:weise and ping:pong. These programs are currently implemented at more than 30 sites in German and French-speaking Switzerland and make an important contribution to equal opportunities for socially disadvantaged children.

Peter Dixon

Co-Director General, StoryPark
Peter Dixon has designed and implemented strategies that make a difference in the community, most of which have focused on children and young people. This has spanned across multiple countries, for-profit, social enterprise, and government entities and has varied from leading design teams, to consulting, governance and working as a CEO. Storypark works towards understanding the development of the child, strengthening the community, and sharing information in order to enable more meaningful interactions and responses.

Maureen Dockendorf

Superintendent of Literacy and Numeracy, British Columbia Ministry of Education
In the course of her duties at the Ministry, Maureen was a member of the team that redesigned the school curriculum and skills development program from nursery school to the 12th year. She is frequently consulted on learning policies, processes and practices. She has also worked as a teacher, associate faculty teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in the Coquitlam School District in British Columbia.

Orla Doyle

Associate Professor, UCD School of Economics & Research Fellow, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin
Dr. Orla Doyle is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Economics and a research fellow in the UCD Geary Institute. Her areas of expertise include the economics of human development, early childhood development and methods for evaluating policy interventions. She is leading a large research programme dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programmes using experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Anne-Lise Ducanda

Doctor, Mother and Child Protection (PMI)
Docteur for mother and child protection in France for 16 years and a member of the collective COSE: “collectif surxpositionecrans”. For the past year, they have been alerting families and the government regarding the dangers of overexposing very young children to screens in an increasingly connected environment: it is a major and global public health challenge that is weakening new generations.

Dr Romain Dugravier

Chef de service, Pédopsychiatre au Centre Psychopathologie Périnatale, Institut Paris Brune, Centre hospitalier Ste-Anne

Méline Dutriévoz Boyer

Early Childhood Educator, Director of a daycare centre
As an Educator for young children in various fields, Méline Dutriévoz-Boyer had the opportunity to observe, from very different angles, the world of early childhood. Meetings, research and a trip to Reggio Emilia refined her vision of early childhood and inspired her to share an educational approach that she called Slow Pedagogy. Supporting all different stakeholders in early childhood education and thinking altogether to have each individual growing in the educational mission make her a fully committed professional.

Bertrand Geay

Deputy Manager, a French Longitudinal Study of Children (ELFE)

Marc Gurgand

Research Director, Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Europe)
Marc Gurgand is a Research Director at the CNRS, Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the Ecole normale supérieure. His research focuses on labor market policies, schooling, and inequality in both developing and developed countries. He is conducting an impact evaluation on a training program for daycare staff in France.

Jean Hubac

Director of Departmental Education Services (DASEN)
Jean Hubac, a history Associate Professor, taught for ten years in secondary schools, high schools and universities. After three and a half years as a regional educational inspector, he became deputy academic director in the Val d’Oise and then academic director of the Somme department, in charge of departmental educational policy, from nursery school to high school.

Yanek Husianycia

School Teacher and National Education Master Trainer, Co-founder and President of the association “Public Montessori”
After great professional experiences in engineering, Yanek Husianycia has chosen to be a teacher, much inspired by cooperative pedagogy Freinet. He has created and managed the Departmental Freinet Val-de-Marne during 12 years. As a school teacher and master trainer for the French National Education in the Val de Marne, he currently teaches in kindergarten in a cycle class. He is also the co-founder and president of the association Public Montessori.

Angela James

Director of the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat for the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada
As the former Director for Early Childhood and School Services, Angela oversaw the development of the NWT’s Right from the Start Framework and Action Plan, which defines goals and actions to support children from birth through their transition to school. Angela began her career as classroom language teacher, then an Indigenous education camp coordinator, and then as a school principal.

Christa Japel

Full Professor, Department of Specialized Education and Training, Université du Québec
Professor, researcher and psychologist at the University of Québec in Montreal, her research interests include the contribution of family characteristics, the quality of daycare services and prescholl education to child outcomes. She is particularly interested in the preschool trajectory of vulnerable children, their preparation for school and factors promoting a successful transition to school.

Alexandre Jardin

Author and Film Director
Alexandre Jardin started writing after graduating from Political Science. He is the director of several films such as: “Fanfan” (1993), “Oui” (1996) and “Le Prof” (2000). He is also a journalist and wrote columns for “Le Figaro” and has created the association “Lire et faire lire” with the journalist Pascal Guénée, as well as the association “Unis-Cité”.

Yoshie Kaga

Programme Specialist, UNESCO Early Childhood Care and Education, Section of Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship
PhD, Programme Specialist, Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination, UNESCO. Yoshie is in charge of ECCE at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, since 1998. She is responsible for developing and implementing projects, promoting global partnerships and knowledge exchange, and providing technical assistance in ECCE.

Elisabeth Laithier

Deputy Mayor of Nancy, Family Policy & Early Childhood and Co-President of the “Early Childhood” working group, “Association des Maires de France”
Elisabeth Laithier is Co-president of the “Petite Enfance” working group at the “Association des Maires de France”. She also worked as Deputy Mayor of the City of Nancy and was Delegate for Family Policy and Early Childhood. She has also been made “Chevalier de l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur”.

André Lebon

President of the Commission on Early Childhood Education, Quebec
Currently President of the Commission on Early Childhood Education in Quebec, André LeBon directed the Centre of psychoeducation of Québec, which designed the Fluppy and Brindami social skills programs. He later helped establish the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. He has work as Director of Early Childhood Development at the Lucie and André Chagno Foundation from 2003 to 2006, which which he continues to collaborate as a consultant.

Laurent Lescouarch

Lecturer in Educational Sciences at the University of Rouen, Centre interdisciplinaire de Recherche Normand en Education et Formation
Laurent Lescouach is a lecturer in Educational Sciences at the University of Rouen. Within the CIRNEF laboratory, Laurent conducts research with teaching teams on pedagogical differentiation practices and learning support in school spaces, extracurricular spaces and in alternative pedagogies.

Paul Leseman

Head of the Education department of the University of Utrecht, Coordinator ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society)
Paul Leseman is professor of education, leader of the Dutch cohort study pre-COOL on the effects of early childhood care and education on children’s development, and coordinator of the projects CARE (Curriculum and Quality Assessment and Impact Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care; EU FP7) and ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society; EU H2020).

Alberto Lidji

Global CEO, Novak Djokovic Foundation
a global organisation focused on early childhood education and development. Alberto Lidji is a contributor for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU Perspectives), Founder of Maximum Philanthropic Benefit and occasionally lectures at the London School of Economics. He holds degrees from Cambridge University and the LSE.

Kerry McCuaig

Fellow at Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Kerry McCuaig is a fellow in early childhood policy at the Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Her work includes policy development, evaluation and advice on progress in early years program development. She co-authored Early Years Study 3, Making Decisions, Taking Action with Margaret McCain and the late Fraser Mustard. She is also the founder of Toronto First Duty, a pioneer in the integrated delivery of early childhood programming.

Raphaël Mellado

Educator for the School “Être et Savoir” and Board Member of the association “ Printemps de l’Education”
As a developer of educational projects, he is turned towards the free involvement and the inclusive accompaniment of learning. He also worke as trainer and facilitator for collective intelligence and is today an educator at the School “Être et Savoir”. His career has enabled him to work with children and young people and adults aged 3 and over in the public sphere and associative environment.

Grégory Michel

Professor of Psychopathology and former director of “Healthy Team” in Bordeaux Population Health, Inserm U 1219 in the University of Bordeaux (France).
Gregory MICHEL is an expert in risk taking behavior and antisocial conduct among young people and early psychological intervention (mindfulness, development of psychosocial skills). He had been the head of the Psychology, health and quality of life‘s laboratory in Bordeaux and the director of the Master of Psychopathology. Currently he is an associate researcher at the International Laboratory GRIP (Group for Research and Psychosocial Intervention) of Universities of Montreal. He is a scientific expert for risky behaviors and violence with the educational Ministry as well as for the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.

Rebecca New

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, University of North Carolina, School of Education
New is a teacher and cultural psychologist graduated from Harvard, whose research focuses on the contexts and meanings of children’s early learning and development. New’s current work focuses on how to better integrate early and elementary perspectives in support of children’s diverse transitions into school settings, involve families meaningfully and eliminate barriers to success for vulnerable populations of children.

Xavier Ouvrard

CEO, Crèches Babilou

Janna Pahnke

Head of Research and Monitoring, Haus-der-Kleinen-Forscher
Head of Research & Monitoring (in charge of the scientific base of the foundation’ activities, quality development, advisor and coordinator of external studies) at the non-profit foundation “Haus der kleinen Forscher“, a nationwide early childhood education initiative in Germany. She studied psychology and child development at the Universities of Tuebingen and Heidelberg, and Tufts University Boston.

Hekia Parata

Former Minister of Education in New-Zealand
Hekia Parata was Minister of Education for New Zealand from 2011-2017. During this time, she introduced significant, integrated system reform focused on raising the achievement of every child and young person. A key part of her approach was to ensure that the whole education pathway of the child was visible and streamlined from early childhood provision through to tertiary options. Recognising the critical importance of early learning, Hekia Parata delivered her government’s target of raising participation to 98 percent of all new entrants to schooling having participated in early childhood education. She systematically involved early childhood educators in all education forums, structures and policy development, secured more than a doubling of funding for early childhood education, introduced a new inclusive approach to professional learning and development, including new exemplary post graduate ECE qualifications; reviewed and refreshed the early childhood curriculum for the first time since it was introduced 21 years ago, focusing in particular, on increased cognitive development and connectivity to the school curriculum, supported by seamless transitions to formal schooling and greater flexibility and choice for parents in the starting age at school.

Angela James

Director of the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat for the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada
As the former Director for Early Childhood and School Services, Angela oversaw the development of the NWT’s Right from the Start Framework and Action Plan, which defines goals and actions to support children from birth through their transition to school. Angela began her career as classroom language teacher, then an Indigenous education camp coordinator, and then as a school principal.

Angela Pyle

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto
Angela Pyle is an Assistant Professor in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research examines how young children develop personal, social, and academic skills through play-based learning. This research uses a continuum-based conception of play and explores the connection between the learning goals and the resulting play implementations in kindergarten classrooms.

Nirmala Rao

Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Hong-Kong
Nirmala Rao is Serena H.C. Yang Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, Faculty of Education, at the University of Hong Kong. A Developmental and Chartered (Educational) Psychologist by training, she has been recognised internationally for her research. Her work has influenced the policy agenda related to the quality of early childhood education in the Asia Pacific region.

Tove Mogstead Slinde

Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
In the Ministry of Education and Research Tove Mogstad Slinde has been working on policy development on topics related to quality in ECEC. Among other things she has been working with management and developmental work and the implementation of national policies on the regional and local levels. She also worked as an advisor for the CARE and ISOTIS projects.

Pauline Slot

Researcher in Education and Learning Sciences, University of Utrecht
Pauline Slot is a researcher at Utrecht University. Her research concerns structural, process and curriculum quality of ECEC provisions and relations with children’s development in different countries. She is involved in the European CARE (Curriculum and Quality Assessment and Impact Analysis of ECEC) and ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to tackle Inequalities in Society) project.

Brenda Taggart

Research coordinator of the project “Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE)”, University College London, Institute of Education
Brenda Taggart has been a teacher, lecturer and researcher being one of the Principal Investigators of the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 1997-2014) for the UK. The study followed children across three educational phases. She is known for her ability to make complex research findings accessible to a range of audiences.

Olivier Thevenon

Social Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Social policy analyst at the OECD with a specialisation in child and family policies. He is currently coordinating OECD work on child well-being and child poverty, and is responsible for the OECD Child-Well-Being Data Portal. He is also a member of the French Haut Conseil de la Famille, which advises the government on reforms to be undertaken in the area of family and child policies.

Florence Thibaudeau Rainot

Deputy Mayor of Le Havre in charge of education, early childhood and the family
Florence Thibaudeau Rainot is Deputy Mayor of Le Havre in charge of education, early childhood and the family since 2014, and is also Vice President of the Seine Maritime Department, in charge of Le Havre territory since 2015. She worked 20 years as a sales manager in an event management company and is an elected official since 2008.

Katrien Van Laere

Research & Projects Officer, VBJK, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, affiliated with Ghent University, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
She recently finished a PhD in Social Work on how parents from migrant and poor background experience the transition from home or from childcare to preschool education. Her scholarly work was awarded ‘highly commended’ for the EECERA Student Awards in 2017. She is currently involved in numerous action research projects such as the Erasmus+ Start project on making transitions between home/childcare/preschool and primary school smoother and better for children and families from disadvantaged communities.

Isabelle Vinet

Directrice exécutif, Encyclopédie sur le développement des jeunes
Isabelle Vinet est Directrice générale du Centre Psycho-Education du Québec (CPEQ) depuis 2012, après avoir été formatrice puis responsable de la formation. Elle a contribué à développer et à déployer les programmes prometteurs de prévention de la violence et du décrochage scolaire : Fluppy et Brindami. Elle assume également la coordination du Centre d’excellence pour le développement des jeunes enfants qui produit « l’Encyclopédie sur le développement des jeunes enfants » (en anglais, français, espagnol, portugais et russe), une ressource virtuelle unique et internationale qui compile les meilleures connaissances au monde sur le développement des jeunes enfants et les pratiques dans ce domaine.

Andrea Young

Professor, Linguistic teaching, Écoles Supérieures du Professorat et de l’Education (ESPE), University of Strasbourg
Professor of English at the Faculty of Education and Lifelong Learning (ESPE) at the University of Strasbourg and is a member of the European Plurilingualism Research Group (GEPE, EA1339 LILPA). Her research interests include teacher knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about language(s), home-school educational partnerships and plurilingual/ intercultural education in the school context.

Henrik Daae Zachrisson

Professor, Center for Educational Measurement, Faculty of Sciences of Education, University of Oslo
As a professor at the Center for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo and senior researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development, Henrik Daae Zachrisson studies how children’s development is influenced by contexts, in particular ECEC. He also contributes to the development of the TALIS starting strong survey.