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Community Foundation Speaker Series to Host Dr. Dana Suskind

Posted on: Tuesday , February 14 , 2017
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Jennifer Steadman

Author of the Thirty Million Words to speak at luncheon

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana is pleased to host Dr. Dana Suskind, author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, for a community-wide lunch Wednesday, March 1 at East Ridge Country Club from noon to 1 p.m. A reception and book sales will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Suskind is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words® Initiative, a program dedicated to harnessing the power of language to build a child’s brain and impact his or her future. 

Research indicates that a child’s brain is growing most rapidly from birth to age three, with 90% of brain growth completed by age five. Getting children off to a strong start is the most strategic way to close the achievement gap and is far more cost-effective than remediation in later years. In her book and keynote presentations, Dr. Suskind details the critical importance of early language exposure on a developing child’s brain and encourages parents to take an active role in this development.

“Early language exposure is a critical factor in educational achievement.  We are so fortunate to have a nationally recognized expert like Dr. Suskind to share with our community ways that parents can get their children on the pathway to academic success,” stated Paula Hickman, executive director of The Community Foundation. 

To attend the lunch, guests may RSVP and pay online at www.cfnlaspeakerseries.eventbrite.com or mail a check for $25.00 to The Community Foundation at 401 Edwards Street, Suite 105 Shreveport, LA 71101. 

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