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September 13, 2019
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2019 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium

Today's consensus in the fields of neuroscience, education and developmental psychology reveals that a child's experiences between birth and age five have an enormous impact on the ability to thrive throughout life - from academic achievement, to health, to future earnings as an adult. Experts calculate that the return on investment (ROI) from quality early childhood education (in terms of money saved in health care, prisons, tax revenue and special education) ranges between $4 to $13 for every single dollar invested in a young child.[1]  

The Early Childhood Advantage Symposium on School Readiness - hosted by the Great Start for Great Futures Coalition[2] - brings national, state and local experts to Stark County to provide a high quality conference that invests in our early childhood providers and support agencies. The 2019 Symposium is the second annual event and expects to bring together over 500 early childhood providers and other leaders in the field.  

REGISTER NOW to attend the October 4th event held at First Christian Church in North Canton.[3] Below is an overview of the Symposium speakers; an abbreviated agenda is listed in the sidebar.

Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Positive Change - Keynote speaker, Dr. Rosemarie Allen, has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. Dr. Allen was appointed as a "Global Leader" for Early Childhood and works with professionals from more than 80 countries, sharing inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide.

Trauma in Early Learning:  Understanding & Monitoring Impact - Featured presenter, Melissa McClain is a graduate of Kent State University and is the Community Education Program Coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital. She is responsible for a social and emotional learning curriculum that includes K-12 classroom education as well as psychological trauma education for educators and other professionals who work in a school environment. Since 2006, Melissa has educated over 70,000 students, school staff and community members. 

The Seeds of Happy Healthy Living: Songs for Emerging Character Strengths  - Featured presenter, David Kisor, is a multi-award winning singer, composer, performer, director, playwright, teacher and trainer who pens and produces songs that translate key findings from recent child development research into practical and entertaining CDs for children, teachers and parents. He tours throughout the United States singing with kids and training teachers on how to use music in early learning and school-age classrooms.

[2] The Early Childhood Advantage 2019 Symposium is organized by Great Start for Great Futures. Sponsors include: Canton City Public Health-Stark County THRIVE, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Early Childhood Resource Center, Ohio Department of Education-State Support Team Region 9, Paul and Carol David Foundation, PNC, Stark County Educational Service Center, Stark Education Partnership, Stark Library, Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, Stark State College, United Way of Greater Stark County
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