The Raising of Alaska

The Raising of Alaska

Our brains develop the most during infancy. During that crucial stage, research has shown what happens – or what doesn’t – can ripple across a lifetime.

This Forum@360 features a discussion with early childhood experts from around Alaska. Lisa Phu hosts.

Panelists include economic analyst Jim Calvin with McDowell Group; Joy Lyon, Executive Director of Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), Southeast; Patrick Sidmore, planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board and Steve SueWing, Dad and family advocate.

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Jim Calvin

Jim Calvin on Forum@360, recorded Feb. 9, 2015.

Jim Calvin is the senior economic analyst and managing principal at the McDowell Group. The Juneau-based research and consulting firm published an economic impact study of early education in Alaska in 2006 and updated it in 2011. McDowell is in the process of updating the study again.

Related Links: Economic Impacts of Early Care & Learning Services in Alaska, 2011 updateMcDowell Group | McDowell Group on Twitter

Patrick Sidmore

Patrick Sidmore on Forum@360, recorded Feb. 9, 2015.

Patrick Sidmore is a planner for the Alaska Mental Health Board. He helped coordinate the Alaska Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, which identified and quantified childhood traumas in Alaskans. Researchers have found those traumas may lead to serious health problems that last into adulthood and future generations.

Related Links: Alaska Mental Health Board – ACEs in Alaska | 2013 Alaska ACEs Results | CDC – ACEs

Steve SueWing

Steve SueWing
Steve SueWing and his family at the Mendenhall Glacier. (Photo courtesy Steve SueWing)

Steve SueWing is a father of two who lives in Juneau. He’s an active family and education advocate.

Joy Lyon

Joy Lyon leads an early education supporters in a march to the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, March 6, 2015. The rally had a Dr. Seuss theme for “Horton Hears a Who” — they wanted lawmakers to hear their support for early education. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Joy Lyon is the executive director of the Southeast Alaska chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children. The organization is both an advocacy  group and service provider. It’s made up of parents, educators, social workers and advocates for early childhood education.

Related Links: AEYC-Southeast | AEYC-SEA on Vimeo | Slideshow: Early learning supporters march on Capitol