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UTSA Public Policy lecture series presents University of Chicago child care policy expert

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By Michelle Skidmore
Senior Communications Specialist, College of Public Policy

(April 16, 2015) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy hosted a lecture by University of Chicago associate professor and expert on child care policy Julia Henly on April 15 on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The lecture, “Instability and Flexibility in Today’s Labor Market: Implications for Low-Income Working Families, Child Care and Public Policy,” was presented free and open to the public as part of the college’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Henly is associate professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is a faculty affiliate of the University of Chicago Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, and the University of Michigan National Poverty Center. Henly’s talk focused on the intersection between low-income working families and child care policy.

“Her lecture will foster greater information on community engagement, public dialogue,and research productivity on community based practice,” said Martell Teasley, professor and chair in the department of social work. “This was a wonderful learning experience for students and faculty at the College of Public Policy.”

Henly received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S.W. (Policy and Planning) and Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago, she was assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Henly’s research focuses on the intersection of family poverty, low-wage employment, and public policy, especially child care and family policy. Her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals such as Social Service Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Marriage and Family, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review and Journal of Social Issues as well as several edited book volumes

NOWCast SA was on hand to webcast the lecture. View a recording of the lecture.

The UTSA College of Public Policy Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues that affect the community, the nation and the world. Lectures are free and open to the public, and free parking is available in Lot D-3 beneath IH-35.


For more information, contact Michelle Skidmore at or 210-458-3213.

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