06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN , 55443
Find out how you can help develop the brain power of the little ones around you.
Remember the days when they gave us IQ tests, and we thought we were born with an IQ - a high one if we were lucky, and not so high if we were not so lucky. In recent years, research has found that IQ is not set at birth. It is developed during the first five years of life when the brain grows very rapidly. Those with lots of learning opportunities from family, the neighbor next door, or a high quality learning program end up with higher IQ's that help them throughout their years of education and life.
At this forum, parents, grandparents, and pals of the young will find out how they can help develop the brain power of the little ones around them. The forum is presented in collaboration with Health Equity for the Homeless (HeH). Before and after the forum, view HeH's display of artwork that raises awareness and improves healthcare outcomes for homeless families and youth.
6:00 p.m., pizza buffet and social
6:30 p.m. program
Wanda Walker, Director of Program Excellence, Jeremiah Program
Wanda Walker, one of the top early childhood educators in the Twin Cities, will speak on the developmental assets children need to acquire in early childhood, 3 to 5 years old.
The Jeremiah Program provides support for a career-track college education for young women who are single parents and quality early childhood education for their children on a campus with safe and affordable housing. The Jeremiah Program has two campuses, one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis, each for about 40 single parent families.
Beth Yokum, Assistant Manager for Early Childhood Education and School Readiness, Anoka-Hennepin School District
Beth will speak on the community education programs available for pre-school age children and their parents. Parents, and often grandparents, are the most important teachers for their children. Hear about the Early Childhood programs at a school near you that provide the tips and methods you can use to start your child or grandchild on a successful path to life-long learning and an opportunity to share ideas with other families with young children.
Think Again MN
Health Equity for the Homeless (HeH)
City of Brooklyn Park
League of Women Voters