Kiwanis International and Bellarmine University partnered to host a conference on early childhood development to raise awareness about the importance of the first 2,000 days of life and quality early childhood education. The all-day event took place April 15.
"As Kiwanis launches its second century of community service, its tradition of improving the lives of children and young adults must be re-tooled and re-focused on creating new ways to engage parents, business and government leaders, and all concerned citizens in a revitalized movement to protect the youngest and most vulnerable children in their formative years," said Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio.
The Kiwanis Conference on Early Childhood Development is a collaborative effort between Kiwanis International and Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference provides information and inspiration about the health, safety and future success of young children. The conference included panel discussions, plenary sessions, networking and sharing of best practices. Featured speakers included Past Kiwanis International President Will Blechman, M.D., Bellarmine professor Dr. Robert Cooter and Sarah Watson, director of Ready Nation and executive vice president of America’s Promise Alliance.
"The economic future of our region, indeed our country, is tied in many ways to our investments now in our smallest citizens," said Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine's Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education. "Bellarmine University is partnering with Kiwanis to inform businesses and citizens about the importance of early childhood education economically as well as in the pursuit of equitable opportunities for all citizens."