Early Childhood Development Symposium Scheduled

Studies show that the most crucial time in a child’s development happens between 0-3 years old.

To bring attention to this important issue, the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority is hosting an Early Childhood Development Symposium on Thurs., April 30, at the Coastal Georgia Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The symposium will focus on the need for a county-wide Early Childhood Initiative, a comprehensive plan to support children from infancy and serve diverse family needs in the areas of childcare, education, health and parenting.

Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem Children’s Zone is the keynote speaker.

The Harlem Children’s Zone is nationally recognized communitybased organization, offering highly successful education, social-service and community building programs to children and families within Central Harlem.

The symposium will also include informative exhibit booths and a panel discussion from experts in the field of Early Childhood Development.

The event is free and open to the public. Childhood educators, healthcare providers, parents, policy makers, and others working with children and families are invited to attend.

Seating is limited. All attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register by April 24th.

To pre-register or request more information, contact the Youth Futures Authority at (912) 651-6810.

Representatives from the media who would like to interview a local early childhood expert should contact ZaDonna Slay of YFA at (912) 651-6810.

The Chatham- Savannah Youth Futures Authority (YFA) is a state legislated authority serving as the collaborative agency that addresses issues relevant to children, youth, and families in Chatham County, Georgia.

The Chatham- Savannah Youth Futures Authority is proudly sponsored by the City of Savannah, United Way of the Coastal Empire, and the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.

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