On Tuesday evening April 5, the Bethlehem Health Bureau is inviting the public to a special event dealing with issues surrounding early childhood development.
The free event at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Southside Bethlehem begins at 7 p.m. with the screening of the important documentary “The Raising of America – Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation” that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.
After the documentary screening, a panel discussion with local experts will focus on how society can ensure every child receives maximum health and well being. Among the panelists will be PNLV Executive Director Yamil Sanchez Rivera. Trained as an educator, Rivera has worked as a teacher at William Allen High School and also as Principal at a Reading, Pa. charter school.
Panelists will address a range of related topics dealing with economic insecurity of families, the family environment, child abuse, access to affordable high quality early childcare and education, and more.
Other panelists include:
• Joseph Roy, Bethlehem Area School District
• Mary Widmer, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
• Kelly Berk, St. Luke’s University Hospital Network
• Michael Walker, Community Services for Children
• Robin Hojnoski, Lehigh University
The Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood staff will be assisting the Health Bureau with public outreach to promote the event to parents through its partner agencies, community schools, and one-on-one engagement at street level.