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Conversations of the Valley (COV) is a community-wide speaker series that's been informing and inspiring since 2004. COV brings community members together to address issues relevant to the St. Croix Valley region, ask questions and gain insights that often lead to meaningful action.


Children need love and attention to thrive, be happy and healthy, and do well in school. Research indicates that the return on investment from early childhood development is extraordinary, resulting in better working public schools, more educated workers, and less crime (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis). That's why St. Croix Valley Foundation is investing big in the first thousand days (roughly three years) of children's lives. Join us for Conversations of the Valley as we learn about this important topic together.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 7:30-10:00 a.m.

A strong foundation in brain development affects everything that comes after, from behavior and socialization, to literacy, job performance, and even economic outcomes. Every community member has a role to play in supporting children and families in the first thousand days to encourage healthy development that leads to strong outcomes. We'll learn from experts in brain development, economics, and early childhood education. This hybrid (in-person or Zoom) session will feature panelists, facilitated conversations, and resources from community partners focused on children and families.

Presented in partnership with Little Moments Count.

This hybrid event will happen in person at Camp St. Croix RCU Discovery Center in Hudson, WI and it will be livestreamed on Zoom. For those attending in person, child care and a light breakfast will be provided. 

Address: 345 Riverview Dr, Hudson, WI 54016 

Session 2: Early Brain Development in a Rapidly Changing world

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 12:00-1:30 PM

COVID, technology, and equitable access to resources are changing parenting and early brain development for children in the first thousand days of life – a crucial stage of brain building that shapes a child’s future. In this Zoom session, learn about what’s new and different in the parenting landscape and how nonprofits in our region are responding to support babies, parents, and families. Presented in partnership with Little Moments Count, Stillwater Early Childhood Family Education, and the Family Resource Centers of St. Croix Valley and Burnett County.

Session offered via Zoom only. 

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