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Early Childhood Legislative Symposium emphasizes first five years of life

September 27, 2016
Sara Knuth
The Daily Record

With a presentation that featured numbers in the half-millions on Thursday, local educators wanted a room filled with community leaders, political candidates and parents to focus on just a few: the first five years of life.

The 13th annual legislative symposium, hosted by the ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council, featured presentations from local officials, candidates and Vroom, a new program introduced by Denver-based nonprofit Parent Possible.

The program, based on early childhood brain research, says that when parents talk to young children, half-a-million neurons fire at once.

That type of early development – and getting resources to support it – was the main focus of Thursday’s discussion.