Please join us for this important community program


Early Childhood: The Foundation of Our Region’s Future


Making quality early childhood development opportunities for all St. Louis-area children a regional priority


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
3:30 p.m. – Registration              4:00 to 5:30 p.m. – ProgramROA-logo_flag-boy-wordmark-web
5:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Reception and informal discussion
Nine Network of Public Media, 3655 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108


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Viewing of segment of The Raising of America

Provocative public television documentary on how the U.S. is falling behind other wealthy nations in early childhood outcomes

Keynote address by Michael ScullyMScully-web

PNC Regional President, St. Louis and Southern Illinois
“Engaging Corporate Resources to Advance Early Learning”

Panel Discussion

Becky James-Hatter
CEO, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
Co-Chair, Ferguson Commission Child Well-Being & Educational Equity Workgroup

Anne Klein
Vice President of Education Strategies, St. Louis Regional Chamber

Maya Moody, D.O., F.A.A.P.
Pediatrician, Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Center

Jason Purnell, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University and Lead Author, For the Sake of All, 2014 study of St. Louis-area health disparities

Jim Kirchherr, Nine Network of Public Media

No charge to attend, but RSVP requested. Limited seating.

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Information and questions – 314-534-6015

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The Raising of America is a five-part public television documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The program is intended to spark community action to improve early childhood opportunities. Since last spring, more than 150 showings of The Raising of America have been scheduled in communities nationwide.

The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council brings together over 200 community stakeholders working to build a coordinated system of early learning and school readiness for the St. Louis region. Research shows that providing a strong start for children from birth to age 5 produces greater achievement in school and in life, and represents one of the strongest investments a community can make in its future.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a collaborative effort on air, online and in the community to improve youth outcomes from cradle to career. This forum is the second community event that Nine Network of Public Media / American Graduate has sponsored to bring the early childhood issue to the forefront. View the first, Quality Early Childhood Education: A Solution for Our Workforce.

Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating networks of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. As the local and national leader of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” the Nine Network is working with 34 public media organizations and hundreds of local partners across the country to improve outcomes for young people nationwide.