The National Task Force on Early Childhood for Hispanics endeavors to enhance educational achievement and opportunities for children of Hispanic descent and to influence education policy decisions that most affect this population.
The National Task Force brings together policymakers, business and community leaders, strategists, early childhood educators, and researchers to engage in thoughtful public dialogue and cooperative efforts to increase the school readiness of young Hispanic children, and ultimately improve their academic achievement through their secondary educational experiences and beyond.
Funded by a $400,000 grant from the Foundation for Child Development, a national private philanthropy, the National Task Force was established at Arizona State University in May 2004. Additional funding to support the taskforce goals and initiatives was provided by the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, a national private foundation.
Eugene E. Garcia, ASU College of Education Dean and Vice President for University-School Partnerships, is chairman of the task force.
The National Task Force will be convened for an initial period of two years that will culminate with the release of a comprehensive report on its findings and recommendations for action.