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1 Let the Little Children Come to Me Breaking Cycles of Poverty Where They Start

2 Overview PrayerEarly Childhood DevelopmentScripture and MissionPromising ParadigmsPutting it in practice

3 Who are you? Christian Father Educator New Yorker Writer Entrepreneur

4 Who shapes a child more than anyone else? Parents

5 When do parents wield their greatest influence? Birth to 5

6 Brain Development: Speed

7 Brain Development: Sensitivity

8 Parenting Matters Source: The Brookings Institution Study The Parenting Gap

9 Parenting Matters: Income & Parenting Quality Source: The Brookings Institution Study The Parenting Gap

10 The Income Gap Source: Pew Economic Mobility Project

11 Return on Investment Source: James Heckman, Nobel laureate in Economics University of Chicago

12 Connecting the Dots ParentingNetworks Opportunity Income Education

13 Scripture and Mission What does Luke recount was the mission of John the Baptist? “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:17

14 The Great Reconciliation God ChildOthersWorld

15 Growing in the Story InitiationIndoctrinationIndwelling

16 Do habits matter? "It makes no small difference, then whether we form habits of one kind or of another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference." Aristotle, Ethics Book II

17 Love and Latency LoveLiteratureLanguage

18 Worship “It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.” Galatians 3:1 How can we make our public worship welcoming to children?

19 Honoring the Poor God has chosen them “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” James 2:5

20 Honoring the Poor Their Gifts Matter More “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.” Mark 12:43 How do we honor the poor?

21 Community “If you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?... You therefore must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:46,48 How can we grow in community with the poor?

22 Promising Paradigms Jeremiah Program Safe, affordable housing Parent education Life skills training Career development Child care Preschool

23 Promising Paradigms Talitha Koum Therapeutic nursery Baby mentoring Disability testing Parenting classes Job training assistance

24 Promising Paradigms Believe to Become Baby Scholars Parent University Public Health Public Education After school programs Summer learning Gatherings of Hope

25 Putting it in Practice Turn to your neighbors and discuss in your places your experiences of: 1.Early Learning Initiatives 2.Multi-generation/parenting programs 3.Creative family engagement

26 Conclusion 1.Early childhood is the critical period 2.Parents are the key stakeholders 3.Christ calls us to families 4.Our work is formation, not just education 5.Promising paradigms are holistic

27 Questions?

28 Thanks for coming! Resources:

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