Early Childhood Education Boosts
Academic Achievement and Career Success

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

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Sponsored by the Maple Grove, Osseo, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Kids at Risk Action , KARA; Think Again MN ; and the BrooklynPark Diversity Team.

“Talking to Babies Is an Investment Worth Making” – 5 Minute Film from The Economist.

Early Education’s Benefits for Children’s Learning Potential and Success as an Adult

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 for their 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.  He is committed to helping the public understand  the key issues facing abused and neglected children, what programs and policies work to improve their lives, and how community activists can be better advocates for at risk 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 at Early Childhood Learning Centers  

Markeesha Zibgbuo – 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.

Early Childhood Education Programs, Scholarships, Education in the Home, and Finding and Establishing High Quality Programs 

Carlos Gallego- Community Outreach Manager, Think Small 

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Sponsored by the Maple Grove, Osseo, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Kids at Risk Action , KARA; Think Again MN ; and the BrooklynPark Diversity Team.

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