WWJ Newsradio 950, in partnership with the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, will air a series of special broadcasts this year focused on early childhood development.

WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas will host “Every Kid Matters: The Case for Early Childhood Investment”  at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month.  This year-long series will bring awareness to the important issues that affect early childhood, and the steps needed to ensure  that Michigan’s children have an equal opportunity to realize their full potential in school, work and life.

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Research tells us that 90% of a child’s brain is developed before they ever step into a kindergarten classroom.  What happens during those first 5 years of learning?  How does that affect a child’s individual success?  And, what does that mean for our community an dour economy?

It’s a decision parents have to make that could shape a child’s life forever.  What early childhood program is best for their child(ren).  Safety, comfort, cost, location and quality are things to consider when making that decision.  Tune into WWJ Newsradio 950 on Wednesday, April 29th at 7 p.m. as we explore the realities of early childhood development- the benefits, the struggles  and help in finding the best programs.

Guests includes:
Denise Smith, Vice President for Early Learning, Excellent Schools Detroit
Monica Duncan, State Director, First Children’s Finance
Ann Kalass, CEO, Starfish Family Services

Tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 on the last Wednesday of each month for the one hour special on a variety of topics hosted by WWJ’s Vickie Thomas.

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The next “Every Kid Matters: The Case for Early Childhood Investment” will be, Wednesday, May 27th live from the Mackinac Policy Conference.