The importance of early childhood education, and early education programs provided by Elk River area schools, will be the subject of a talk on Wednesday, March 16 at noon at the Perkins restaurant in Elk River. The event is hosted by the Elk River Area Citizens League.
Presenters include Kathy Simonson, manager of Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness, Cindy Wagner, coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Charlie Blesener, director of Community Education.
The March 16 presentation comes at a time when the state legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are considering ideas to bolster early education programs in the face of challenging budgets. The presentation will shed light on services available for the youngest learners, how ECFE and ECSE are collaborating with integrative programming, and data on outcome results for these very young learners.
The event is free and open to the public. Orders for lunch will be taken at 11:30 a.m., and the program will be concluded by 1 p.m.