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Webinar: Harnessing Behavioral Economic Insights to Optimize the Impact of Early Childhood Interventions

October 26, 2017
online and archived

Sponsored by the University-based Child & Family Policy Consortium

Webinar: Harnessing Behavioral Economic Insights to Optimize the Impact of Early Childhood Interventions

Even with the best of intentions, parents can miss out on valuable resources and opportunities for their children. Add poverty to the mix, and parents are even more overwhelmed. Money is scarce, and the stress of making ends meet taxes the attention available for other important tasks, including the demanding and ever-present task of parenting. 

This webinar will draw on the interdisciplinary perspective of behavioral economics and the ways in which the behavioral economic framework offers a complementary understanding of parent engagement with their children and with early interventions. As such, the framework also offers a set of new tools that marshal and recognize how mental resources and contextual factors can influence - and thus interfere with - parents’ decisions to participate and follow through with activities that are believed to support young children’s development. 

More specifically, presenters will describe four examples of behavioral concepts emerging in their work as influential to parenting and utilizing early intervention programs: negative construal of program intentions, self-affirmation, active choice, and social influences. During the webinar the speakers will describe and motivate the importance of each of these concepts, situate it in the context of parenting, and provide examples of interventions that may elicit improved parent engagement such as changes in framing, reflective prompts at key decision-making points, and accountability mechanisms. 

The webinar will be designed for scholars and practitioners, with examples grounded in real early intervention programs. The speakers will be incorporating and motivating the scientific knowledge base and emerging evidence and interweaving this with implications and applications for the field. 

This webinar will feature presentations by Zoelene Hill and Michelle Spiegel of the beELL initiative at New York University’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change. For more information about their work, please visit: beELL.org. 

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Thu, Oct 26, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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