The state of education in our country is always a hot topic. This week we are joined by early childhood education specialist Sara Carlson to discuss the important role early childhood education plays in our communities and in our country.
As we move through the next several months, it is our hope to bring you more conversation like the one you’ll hear today!
Thanks for listening.
About Sara Carlson
Sara Carlson, a resident of Willmar, MN has more than 17 years of experience in the early care and education field. She is currently serving as a Program Officer with the Southwest Initiative Foundation based in Hutchinson, leading their Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) program. She is a key leader in the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative, a grassroots community organizing effort to focus on children birth-five years, seeding 16 ECI coalitions in southwest MN.
Carlson serves on the Governor’s Early Learning Council for Minnesota, the Start Early Funders Coalition and on numerous other groups that advance early care and education interests statewide. She has special expertise in infant and early childhood mental health, community organizing and leadership development. She is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict in St Joseph, MN. She is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program(2006) and Institute for Conservation Leadership “Leading from Within” (2010).
Early Childhood Learning Resources
Lessons Learned: A Report by Wilder Research, 2007
Impacts & Insights: A Report by Wilder Research, 2010
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