Deep Dive into TMW Center's Public Health Approach to Early Learning
The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health is advancing a public health framework which places parents and caregivers at the center of their children’s language and cognitive development during the first three years of life. In this session, brainstorm with your colleagues how your community could utilize this public health framework to establish cross-sector partnerships that span across existing health, education and community social service systems, adapt evidence-based programs to fit your community’s needs, integrate data systems, and address community-specific barriers to ensure all children in your community enter school ready to thrive.
Dr. Dana Suskind, M.D. is Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, TMW helps parents, caregivers and practitioners harness the power of their language to build children’s brains and shape their futures. Author of the book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, she has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other national media outlets.