MANCHESTER - On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m., Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Executive Director of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, will share what you can do to ensure every child gets a strong start in life.

Come listen to a presentation about why 40-50 percent of Vermont's children are not prepared for kindergarten. Getting our kids ready for school means more than helping with their ABC's, packing their lunches and filling their backpacks.

Rather, it's about providing strong, positive relationships so babies develop trust, empathy and self-esteem; ensuring quality learning experiences in a safe and stable environment; and feeding our children a nutritious diet.

Most Vermonters don't know that 80 percent of a child's brain develops by age 3, and 90 percent by age five, laying a foundation for future learning and skill-building. Quality early experiences from day one help our children develop the strong mental foundations they need to succeed in school, relationships, and the workforce. That's why "Let's Grow Kids," a three-year public awareness campaign, is focused on educating Vermonters about the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont's children. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.


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