INEZ, KY (WKLW) – Local leaders call it an investment in our future workforce.
Paul Patton and Nicki Patton Rowe were in Inez Monday night speaking to several dozen people about early childhood brain development, and how we as parents, teachers and leaders can help our children grow mentally.
The presentation was held at the Roy F Collier Community Center.
Statistics show that only 50.1 percent of Kentucky’s children enter kindergarten with the knowledge they need to succeed; In Martin County, that number is lower – at just 40.4%.
Rowe discussed with parents and educators how the years prior to kindergarten play a key role in developmental skills needed to succeed early on.
Martin County Schools Superintendent Larry James agreed those in attendance could all make use of the ideas Rowe brought to the table.
Reading, speaking, and using hands-on learning techniques with children before they go to kindergarten were just some of the topics discussed.
The event was sponsored by the Martin County Early Childhood Council along with community partners including BSCTC, Passport Health Plan, the Martin County Health Department, the Martin County School District and First Steps.
Photo: Nicki Patton Rowe discussing how different parts of the brain communicate with one another. (Back L-R: Larry James, Paul Patton, Paul Baker; Front L-R: Debbie Hinkle, Terrie Simpkins, Jean Muncy, Nicki Patton Rowe, Debbie Fluty)