Educational Forum

Please note: this event has passed. It took place via a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Topic and Discussion Question:

Investing from the Start: How can our Catholic community help ensure all children have access to critical brain development opportunities during their early childhood years?


Did you know?

Eighty percent of brain development happens during the first three years – or first 1,000 days – of a child’s life. From prenatal care and environmental safety to interactive and compassionate caregiving, everything a child experiences during this period impacts her ability to fulfill her potential. Join us as we discuss how we can ensure all children receive the care and support they need to flourish.

Learn more about building brains.

Click here for resources provided by Little Moments Count, a local collaborative of organizations working to help increase parent and community interaction with babies and children.

Also, The Itasca Project just released its much-anticipated First 1000 Days report which highlights the roles of employers in promoting practices and policies that support early experiences for children in their first 1000 days — and how such practices support the future of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Moderator & Panelists

Andre Dukes
Vice President, Family and Community Impact
Northside Achievement Zone

Mary Brainerd
Former CEO

Chris Hilger
Chairman, President, and CEO
Securian Financial

Benito P. Matias
Ascension Catholic School