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Join SOS for an opportunity to learn about the long-lasting impact of early childhood education from three experts who will expand your understanding of this topic by discussing their experiences in the field and offering their insights about the importance of Early Childhood Education in the larger community.
This will be a joint presentation featuring three experts who are involved in the effort for change in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in St. Louis.
Joey Saunders, the director of policy and systems change at WEPOWER,  will give background on how ECE became the focus for community change in the St. Louis community, city and county.  He will talk about the WEPOWER Playbook and solutions to the most pressing challenges facing ECE including access, staffing, affordability, and quality and why it is critical to address these issues to create real change.
Lindsey Noblot, project director at Southside Early Childhood Center, will talk about how the ECE community is moving forward.  She will discuss The First Step Collaborative and how they are tackling the challenges and gaps in access, resources, quality programs and staffing.  She will also speak about what we can do to help in the effort for change. Noblot and Cortaiga Collins, SOS member and ECE Solution team member, will give their insights as daycare providers and individuals involved in the ECE movement.
We highly recommend watching the documentary “No Small Matter” to better understand why the early years are so crucial in the lives of our children and our community.  The film highlights issues the ECE community is currently facing.  You can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime or YouTube.
Zoom Information will be sent to registrants. 
We look forward to “seeing” you there!
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