Chamber Forum: Early Learning and a Healthy Community

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Name: Chamber Forum: Early Learning and a Healthy Community
Date: August 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Registration: Please contact the Chamber for further ticket information.
Event Description:
Learning does not begin in kindergarten. Children’s very earliest experiences, beginning at birth, impact their developing brains and form the foundation for their futures, for better or worse.
Sadly, fewer than 50 percent of children in Thurston County enter kindergarten ready to learn. And when children start school behind, they generally stay behind. By 2020, the state Department of Early Learning seeks to increase this figure to 90 percent statewide.
Research shows high quality early learning programs increase graduation rates by up to 44 percent and yield between four and nine dollars for every dollar invested. Children who participate in these programs have better math and reading skills, higher earnings in adulthood, improved family stability, fewer teen pregnancies, and are less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.
At the Thurston Chamber’s August Forum, learn about how high-quality early learning positively impacts children, families and our community. The panel, moderated by Liz Davis of Thurston Thrives, includes:
  • Patty Belmonte, Executive Director, Hands On Children’s Museum
  • Trish Gregory, Executive Director, Family Support Center of South Sound
  • Nancy Villanueva, Coordinator, United Way’s Right from the Start program
  • Greg Williamson, Assistant Director for Partnerships & Collaboration at the Washington State Department of Early Learning
The forum is Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel RL Olympia.
The cost to attend Forum is $35 for general admission; $25 for online prepaid chamber members and $30 for members at the door. Register today by clicking on the Register Now button.
Thank you to the August Forum sponsors Morningside, Pure Solar, and Washington State Correctional Industries.
Event Media:
Hotel RL - Downstairs Ballroom
Date/Time Information:
11:30am - Social & Lunch Buffet
12pm - Program
Second Wednesday each month.
$25 - Chamber Members Online
$30 - Non-Members Online

$30 - Members at the Door
$35 - Non-Members at the Door
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