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Randolph County Minding Our Future Forum

On July 28th, David Mathews Center staff traveled to Roanoake, Alabama to moderate a Minding Our Future forum. The forum was convened by Marian Royston and Joy Porter, with support from Cotina Terry, Executive Director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority. Marian and Joy are, respectively, a former and current fellow of Auburn University’s Living Democracy Initiative. Using DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide, forum participants deliberated through three approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers in Randolph County. Participants discussed challenges related to engaging parents, guardians, and community members on the issue. The group identified multiple barriers…

 

Jackson County Minding Our Future Forum

David Mathews Center staff visited Scottsboro, Alabama, on Thursday, July 23, to moderate a forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers. The forum was convened by Shannon Kish, Regional Extension Agent in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Forum participants included early childhood service providers from the Jackson County area. During the forum, common themes emerged around the importance of service providers partnering with doctors and county health departments, extended early intervention services, parental skill-building, and increased public awareness of issues surrounding early childhood development. Throughout the discussion, service providers were adamant that they must connect to doctors,…

 

Etowah County Minding Our Future Forum

On July 21st, Mathews Center staff traveled to Gadsden, Alabama for a Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers forum convened by Shannon Kish of Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Executive Director Cristin Foster moderated the forum using the DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide. Participants deliberated through three approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers: 1. Develop capable and caring parents, guardians, and caregivers. 2. Develop healthy and thriving communities. 3. Provide access to comprehensive and high quality services for all children. Deliberation on Approach 1 centered on the importance of parent and guardian education in Etowah…

 

Cherokee County Minding Our Future Forum

On Monday, July 13, Mathews Center staff traveled to the Cherokee County Public Library in Centre, Alabama, for a “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” forum. Shannon Kish, Regional Extension Agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, convened the forum. Community members from the surrounding area, including several service providers, gathered to deliberate and share their perspectives on investing in healthy infants and toddlers. During deliberation, forum participants highlighted the importance of working alongside parents to identify ways they can most effectively provide support for their children. The group suggested that simple steps, such as playing interactive games with infants…

 

Limestone County Minding Our Future Forum

The David Mathews Center staff traveled to Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County on Wednesday, July 8, for a “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” forum. The forum was convened by Shannon Kish, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and attended by early childhood service providers from Limestone County and the surrounding area. The Rogers Center, located at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, served as the venue. DMC Executive Director Cristin Foster moderated the forum using the “Minding Our Future” issue guide, a unique three-approach framework, to prompt deliberation. Approach One focuses on developing the skills of…

 

Marshall County Minding Our Future Forum

On July 7th, Mathews Center staff traveled to Guntersville, Alabama for a Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers forum convened by Shannon Kish and Eddie Wheeler of Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Service providers and community members gathered at the Marshall County Courthouse to deliberate through approaches towards improving the health and well being of young children in Marshall County and across the state. Ms. Kish and Mr. Wheeler welcomed the group and overviewed the Cooperative Extension services available in northeast Alabama. DMC Assistant Program Director K.C. Vick then moderated the forum using a framework built on three…