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Early Childhood Education Boosts Achievement in School and Success at Work
Tuesday, June 17               6 p.m. Pizza and Social           6:30 p.m. Program

Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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Carol Woehrer, carolwoehrer@usfamily.net


"Talking to Babies Is an Investment Worth Making" - 5 Minute Film fromThe Economist.

Early Education's Benefits for Children's Learning Potential and Success as Adults
Mike Tikkanen - Executive Director, Kids at Risk Action (KARA)  and Tiffani Flynn Forslund - KARA Board Member and Early Childhood Educator
Mike Tikkanen and Tiffini Flynn Forslund will discuss the big payoff of early childhood education for a child's long term education and success as an adult.  Based on their experience as Guardians ad Litem, they will also explain how child abuse presents a huge impediment for children's ability to learn and why it is essential for abused children to be rescued early in life. 

Successful entrepreneur and author of Invisible Children:  The American Cycle of Abuse and its Costs, Mike Tikkanen combines his business acumen with his passion for neglected and abused children. 

Tiffini Flynn Forslund’s  baccalaureate education is in Early Childhood Education and Child Development and she is working on her Master's Degree in Urban Teaching.  

Racial Disparities in Disciplining Children of Color 
Markeesha Zigbuo - 5th Grade Teacher, University Avenue Elementary School
Markeesha Zigbuo will explain how negative experiences in early childhood education can cause lasting damage that negatively impacts a child’s academic performance all the way to High School.  Ms. Zigbuo is working with ISAIAH on racial disparities in early childhood education.

Education in the Home, Parent Aware - MN's Quality Ranking System, Scholarships
Carlos Gallego - Community Outreach Manager, Think Small
Carlos Gallego will use data from the Osseo Schools to explain why early childhood education is so important, and he will share things parents can do to help their chidren get a good start at home, no matter the parents own language or education.  He will also discuss the Parent Aware Rating System, the types of early education options, and the Early Learning Scholarships available to families.

Osseo Early Childhood Education Programs
Kandi Engelmann – Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education Program

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.
Thank you to our sponsors:  The Maple Grove, Osseo, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Kids at Risk Action, KARA; African Immigrant Servicesthe Brooklyn Park Diversity TeamThink SmallDistrict 279 Early Childhood Programs; and Think Again MN.


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