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LAHRA hosts event Thursday on early childhood education and business

Lakes Area Human Resource Association (LAHRA) is hosting a general meeting and session on early childhood education and the effects to the business bottom line.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Guest speakers, Tammy Fillipi and Sara Dahlquist, are from the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation.

Objectives of the session are: to increase participants awareness of the importance of early childhood interventions/programming; to increase participants knowledge of programs/activities offered by the coalition and the Initiative Foundation; to educate participants on the history of the early childhood initiative in central Minnesota; to motivate participants to be action oriented in their companies as it relates to early childhood issues; to educate participants of the importance of early childhood interventions as it relates to a business’s bottom line.

Fillipi has a master of arts in business management from College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, and a bachelor of science in urban and regional studies, with a minor in social welfare Mankato State University, Mankato.

Fillipi works as the coordinator for the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition, where she provides leadership in the overall coordination and management of the coalition. Dahlquist has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish from The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

Dahlquist serves as the children, youth and families specialist at the Initiative Foundation.

She is responsible for providing coordination, technical assistance, training, resource referral and grants to early childhood coalitions, early childhood mental health coalitions, youth engagement teams and other regional and community-based early care and education initiatives.

She served as director of an after school program with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota and as a youth engagement specialist with STARS for Children’s Mental Health.

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