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Bloomington To Host Second Indiana Early Learning Economic Development Summit
Updated May 19, 2017 8:32 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Business leaders, educators, funders, civic leaders, lawmakers and early childhood experts will be in Bloomington on June 5th from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. for the 2017 Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions at Monroe Convention Center.

Registration is $25 per person for the June 5 event at Monroe Convention Center

This second annual event is an opportunity to bring people together from around Indiana to learn about the business case for investing in early childhood education and discuss ways to develop, grow and sustain early learning coalitions in communities. The Summit is being presented by Early Learning Indiana, the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee, Muncie BY5, and Monroe Smart Start, a leadership initiative of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

"We are very pleased to host the second annual early learning summit in Monroe County, a community that has embraced the importance of high-quality early learning in preparing children for success in school and in life," said Tina Peterson, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

"We have a great story to share about the importance of community collaboration in supporting our youngest learners. However, we also have more to learn. Like communities around the State, we still have a great deal of work to do in meeting the early learning needs of children and families. This summit allows us to come together as a state to improve economic outcomes for children, their families, and Indiana."

The summit is a full day event with speakers and sessions covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • the economic impact of investing in early learning,
  • using early childhood data to drive programming,
  • coalition building through strategic planning and engagement with businesses, key stakeholders, families and communities;
  • and continuous quality improvement in early learning education.

Dr. Tim Bartik, Senior Economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and author of Investing in Kids, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Bartik will highlight how early childhood education supports workforce and economic development. Dr. Bartik's research explores state and local economic development and labor markets, including how early childhood programs impact local economies and job-creation programs.

Hoosier native Erin Ramsey, Senior Manager for Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation, will present on the importance of early brain development for social and emotional skills. Jeffrey Connor-Naylor, Senior Associate at Ready Nation, will share highlights from his latest research, "Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success." Emcees for the event will be Gerry Dick, President and Managing Editor of Inside INdiana Business, and Bob Zaltsberg, Editor of the Bloomington Herald-Times.

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