Baton Rouge, La. — Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) will kick off its popular Distinguished Speaker Series with its first community event of 2013 on the economic, health, and education risks affecting young children in Louisiana. The free educational program is scheduled on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government Street in Baton Rouge.
The program is entitled “Louisiana's Risky Business: Young Children in a Time of Budget Cuts?”
In his report titled “Early Childhood Risk and Reach in Louisiana,” ADF distinguished speaker Geoff Nagle, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW, outlines eleven contributors to early childhood success, identifies the percentage of children affected by economic, health, and education risks in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, and analyzes by parish ten programs that are already in place to address these risks.
The Distinguished Speaker Series event will include a question and answer time for the community to discuss how existing programs can be recalibrated to meet particular needs and suggest new ideas for early childhood risk mitigation.
The report is an instrument for policy and funding decisions that impact areas and programs in which Louisiana invests. It is a timely publication due to major decisions and the overhaul taking place in upcoming months in Louisiana’s early childhood education system.
Nagle is associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Tulane University School of Medicine, the director of the Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the state director of BrightStart, Louisiana’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. He has worked closely with government officials. His involvement helped to initiate Quality Start, Louisiana’s child care quality rating system.
Also presenting is guest speaker and co-author of the report Kirby Goidel, Ph.D. Goidel is the Scripps Howard Professor of Mass Communication and professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, and director of the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.
The program is free and open to the public. Check-in is from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org  or call 922-4560 to register for the free community education event.