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Grant Funds Fall Conference



The state early childhood development program Best Beginnings received a $10,000 grant from the Partnership for America's Economic Success. The grant funds will help sponsor a half-day Alaska Business Summit on Oct. 21 aimed at encouraging Alaska businesses to invest in early childhood education, with a focus on the value of that investment to Alaska's economy. Best Beginnings is sponsoring the event with Providence Health and Services Alaska, Northrim Bank and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Millett, president of Scope View, a business and organizational consulting firm, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker.

"We're very pleased that Bill has agreed to return to Alaska and make the case to Alaska's top business leaders that quality early education is a competitive necessity in a global economy," said Abbe Hensley, executive director of Best Beginnings. "His presentation during the Governor's Summit on Early Learning two years ago received an enthusiastic, standing ovation from the more than 150 business and government leaders, legislators, educators, foundations, child care providers and parents who attended."

The Partnership for America's Economic Success, managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts, awarded funding to 17 states with the financial support of Scholastic Inc.


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