Events

Liftoff’s virtual and in-person ‘Learning Network’ events feature policy and community change efforts, emerging research, and county-level convening on early childhood topics.

  • Call to Action: Voice your support for Preschool Special Education in NYS

    This report was commissioned by Liftoff.

    Ensure that preschool special education programs, as well as state-approved non-public schools for school-age students with significant disabilities, receive the same increase in payment rates as school districts.

  • Liftoff Lunch & Learn

    This report was commissioned by Liftoff.

    In 2018, Governor Cuomo assembled a Task Force of experts to develop innovative solutions to improve access to quality, affordable child care in NY. This month the Task Force’s recommendations were released: Supporting Families, Employers & New York’s Future Report: An Action Plan for a Strong and Equitable Child Care System. Our guest presenters spotlighted the recommendations to create a child care system that is more affordable, accessible, high-quality, and coordinated.

  • Liftoff Lunch & Learn

    This report was commissioned by Liftoff.

    Stephanie Townsend, PhD features her latest research on WNY’s digital divide and showcases ROC the Future’s “Digital Divide in Rochester: Initial Data & Actions Taken” Report, which Stephanie is the lead author. Following Stephanie’s presentation, participants heard from Jennifer Cathy, Liftoff member and Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of Greater Rochester. Jennifer is […]

  • Liftoff’s Signature Fall Event

    This report was commissioned by Liftoff.

    ‘No Small Matter’ Screening & Discussion No Small Matter is grounded in the idea that early care and education is deeply personal — after all, we’ve all either had a child, known a child, or been a child! But on a broader scale, the return on investment for high quality early learning has ripple effects […]

  • Liftoff Lunch & Learn

    This report was commissioned by Liftoff.

    Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body We know that the foundations of lifelong health are built early. But we don’t often discuss the considerable effects on both short- and long-term outcomes in physical and mental health and learning.  Featured speaker, Dr. Tariq Khan shares why these early moments matter and highlights Harvard […]

  • Liftoff Launches in Western New York

    Our children deserve every opportunity to succeed. Unified by this belief, early childhood funders across Western New York have joined forces to form Liftoff, which was publicly launched in the summer of 2018 at press conferences in Erie and Chautauqua counties, to work with existing community organizations and networks to ensure that, by the time […]