Renowned Author Dana Suskind, M.D. to Present at National Early Learning Conference

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The Children's Reading Foundation Early Learning Conference will feature recent science and practical application sessions to provide attendees with implementation techniques for children birth to age 5.

Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important—and astoundingly simple—thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best pu

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

Attendees will learn play with a purpose and parent engagement principles to prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school.

The Children’s Reading Foundation national headquarters today announces its annual Early Learning Conference dates and professional learning sessions. This year’s conference will be held July 21 and 22 at the Red Lion in Pasco, Wash.

Dana Suskind, M.D., author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, will deliver the keynote on recent science about the importance of early language exposure on the developing child and how to best put it into practice. Dr. Suskind is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and founder and director of the Thirty Million Words® Initiative. The first 300 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Suskind’s book.

Washington Senator Sharon Brown (8th—WA) will provide the welcome. Conference attendees will also learn play with a purpose and parent engagement principles to prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school; ideas and resources on how to make learning part of daily activities; and the difference in reading to a child versus with a child and how to put those techniques into practice.

The conference is approved for continuing education clock and STARS hours. Washington-based educators and child care professionals who attend the conference may apply to earn these continuing education credits.

More information and registration at

About The Children’s Reading Foundation:

The national nonprofit was founded in 1996 with the vision that every child learns to read at grade level by the end of third grade, thereby reaching his or her full potential in school and life. The foundation delivers national programs focused on reading skills and school readiness for children birth to age 8. The Children’s Reading Foundation helps establish local chapters in communities across the country. The headquarters are in Kennewick, Wash. Learn more at


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