The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (SOS) put together a GREAT program last night for their Discovering Our Community Event 2012. The focus of the program was early childhood education and the audience got the opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel of experts in this subject area.
The speakers included:
- Joy Rouse- Director Early Education Ferguson Florissant School District; Former Deputy Director Parents as Teachers National Center
- Elizabeth George- Vice President, Deaconess Foundation; Co-Chair Regional Early Childhood Council
- Doug Rasmussen- Senior Vice President Business Development St. Louis Economic Development Council; Co-Chair Regional Early Childhood Council
- Jonathan Freiden- CEO Constructive Playthings; Founder Alliance for Childhood Education (ACE)
These speakers shared information about the history of early childhood education in Missouri, evidence of how early childhood education results in better test scores later in life, statistics about how investments in early childhood education are a long term investment in the local workforce, and how local CEO’s can advocate for early childhood education funding with our state legislators. Read the rest of this entry »