Monday, we were excited to welcome Lori Kempe, Executive Director of Children’s First as our weekly guest speaker!

Lori shared about the decades of rigorous research that have gone into early experiences and how they play a critical role in brain development. Especially relationships with caring adults and proper nutrition.
She explained that the Children’s First website is designed to be more of a tool that’s very accessible to families and community partners. Through partnerships, they do training and give strategies to support the children, including occupational therapy, social work and psychology.
Throughout the pandemic, they have continued to work in the emergency child care centers. They have adopted more technology to serve more families during the pandemic and have seen a significant increase in the need for mental health support.
You can connect with Children First on social media for support and fun activities for families.