The Power of Early Education: A Wednesday night speaker series
The latest research shows that future success is determined before a young person even begins Kindergarten. What does it take to prepare for reading, math, science and wise life choices?
A Wednesday night series will reveal answers. With help from a line-up of Charlotte experts, we will gain the tools to become strong advocates for early education, particularly for children affected by poverty. Parents will leave with practical advice on how to make the best decisions. And all of us will learn why the birth-to-five years are so important.
This is more than a conversation topic. A group of Covenant lay leaders are pursuing a vision for a full-day child development center for Charlotte families of economically diverse backgrounds. We'll hear about it in the final installment.
A look at the series
When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Hot self-serve Open Table dinner begins at 5 p.m. Make a dinner and/or child care reservation (coming soon).
Sept. 13: The surprising science of the young mind
- Dr. Bobbie Rowland, professor emerita of child development at UNC Charlotte, shares breakthroughs in understanding the young mind. We'll learn how a child can become an active member of a home, community and school.
Sept. 20: Growing up at Covenant: Learning through play
- Anne Lowrance, director of children's ministries and Kathie Grabert, weekday school director, tell us how Covenant uses music, song and play to foster learning.
Sept. 27: An inside look at Read Charlotte's ambitious goal
- Munro Richardson, director of Read Charlotte, talks about the crisis of illiteracy and what Charlotte must do to improve.
Oct. 4: Solving our community's poverty challenge
- Dr. Vivian Correa, professor at UNC Charlotte, describes how early education fuels upward mobility -- a big deal in Charlotte, where children have the lowest odds of climbing out of poverty compared to peers in other cities.
Oct. 11: How Covenant is responding
- Nancy Falls, Helen Richards and Adam Schauer, members of a Covenant task force, propose a bold response to one of Charlotte's greatest needs.
Photo at top: Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, a Covenant partner organization