Early childhood development advocates will unite next summer for Head Start's ninth National Research Conference, June 23-25, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

The conference aims to connect practitioners, researchers and policymakers to identify and present new research--from both large-scale program evaluations and small studies using innovative research methods--relevant to a young child's development, care and education. Participants will learn more about how families, schools, communities and culture shape child development, and discuss needed services for economically disadvantaged children and their families.

As experts in mental health and child development, psychologists play a significant role in helping to ensure that Head Start and other early childhood education and intervention programs continue to provide much-needed services to young children and their families, says APA Executive Director for Public Interest Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD.

"This important research conference provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and information and the building of collaborative relationships critical to Head Start's continued success in preparing preschool children for kindergarten and lifelong learning," Keita says. APA has been a cooperating organization for the biennial conference since its inception in 1991.

A list of speakers will be available in the spring. For more information, visit www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hsrc.