#Kusiek Chats – Early Learning & Childcare

#KusiekChats – Early Learning & Childcare

Edmonton Public plays an essential role in early learning and child care in Edmonton. Rakhi Pancholi and Rob Buschmann join Edmonton Public Schools Trustee candidate Julie Kusiek for a conversation around early learning and childcare. You can read more about Julie’s thoughts on early learning and childcare here.

Please note: By participating in this event, neither guest is endorsing Julie Kusiek’s campaign for Public School Board Trustee. Julie also sent an invitation to the Minister of Children’s Services, Rebecca Schulz. This is a non-partisan event.

Rakhi Pancholi

Rakhi serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Children’s Services and is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Standing Committee for Families & Communities. Rakhi has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in political science and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She has lived, volunteered and worked abroad in England and South Africa. Rakhi has been deeply involved in the Alberta education system throughout her career. As a lawyer, she has experience working in both private practice and as a member of the public service. She has practiced in the areas of education law, labour & employment law, and privacy law with the Alberta School Boards Association and as a senior legislative consultant for Alberta Education. As an MLA, she continues to advocate for Alberta children and families to ensure a brighter future for us all. See Rakhi’s full bio here.

Rob Buschmann

Rob Buschmann, PhD is a research associate at the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families in the School of Public Health at University of Alberta. His current work focuses on early learning and care policy in Edmonton and Alberta, and more broadly on how to conduct community-engaged research that contributes to public policy discussions. He is currently CUP’s representative to the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care (ECELC), an organization with the vision of early learning and care for all children that is high in quality, universally available, accessible, affordable, and responsive to the diversity of individual children and their families. Dr. Buschmann is the co-author of A Profile of Edmonton Child Care in 2019 and several other briefs and reports intended to help guide the work of the ECELC.  

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