Early Ed Leadership & Innovation

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November 23, 2021
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Testimony in support of bill to provide affordable and accessible high quality early education and care

On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, the Joint Committee on Education of the Massachusetts Legislature heard testimony about H.605 and S.362: An Act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth. Anne Douglass, PhD, Professor of Early Care and Education at UMass Boston and the founding executive director of the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation submitted the following written testimony in support of the bill.

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July 11, 2019
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Venture capital fellowships could increase funding for women and minority entrepreneurs

On June 26, Professor Banu Özkazanç-Pan, Ph.D., director of the Leadership Institute’s Early Educator Innovation Lab, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship about challenges faced by women and minorities as investors and entrepreneurs in the venture capital industry. She also offered suggestions to the committee for easing those challenges.

The subject of the hearing was the reauthorization of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program, which provides venture capital financing to fill the gap in investment in small businesses. According to Committee Chair Sen. Marco Rubio, a report from the Library of Congress found that the SBIC Program created nearly three million U.S. jobs between October 1995-December 2014. Continue Reading →

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