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July 10, 2013

Early learning breakfast scheduled

NORMAN — The Norman Chamber of Commerce, along with Success by 6 and Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities, will host the “Early Learning is Good Business” breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. July 17 at the J.D. McCarty Center. This free event is open to the public.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about how supporting the early learning of young children provides a significant return on investment by saving costs and increasing productivity.

This event will share the perspectives of diverse experts from our community. The featured keynote speaker will be Bill Burgess, Chairman Elect of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.

A panel of local professionals will share their perspective on the economic impact of early childhood investments.

“The return on investment from early childhood development is extraordinary, resulting in better working public schools, more educated workers and less crime,” Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior Vice President & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said.

“Early childhood development programs are rarely portrayed as economic development initiatives, and … that is a mistake. In the future, any proposed economic development ... should have early childhood education at the top,” he said.

To ensure a seat, register by July 12 by contacting Erica Millar at 321-7260 or Erica@normanchamber.com

The project described is supported by Grant Number 90SC0008 from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families issued under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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