The Third Annual Bright Futures Begin at Birth program takes place 7:30-10:30 am Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Dr. Megan Gunnar of the University of Minnesota and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and a panel representing different community organizations will explore the notion of brain-building magic: the scientific knowledge revealing that brain building happens in little moments including when we talk, read, sing and play with infants and toddlers. The magic even begins before birth. As brains develop, futures brighten.

The Bright Futures Begin at Birth event is a gathering of over 200 organizations working on behalf of children, families and caregivers to uncover ways to promote brain building strategies together, across sectors and communities, harnessing collective energy and reach.

The panel discussion features representatives from Think Small, Northside Achievement Zone and Reach Out and Read, among others.

The event will discuss the potential of a statewide campaign dubbed, Little Moments Count.

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