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upcoming event featuring author Dana Suskind, M.D.

August 20, 2015 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation’s Communityworks Initiative in partnership with Evanston Public Library and Rotary International is proud to present an evening with Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain author Dana Suskind, M.D.

Thursday, September 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the auditorium of One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Register now.

Copies of Suskind’s book Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain (Dutton/Penguin 2015) will be offered at a discounted rate at the event by Evanston bookseller Bookends and Beginnings and signed by the author.

about the speaker

Dana_Suskind.jpgSuskind is Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn. An evidence-based intervention, Thirty Million Words is supported by a broad coalition of public and private partnerships and is an extension of Dr. Suskind's Project ASPIRE, which she created to assure that her patients from disadvantaged backgrounds reached their full listening and spoken language potentials. Dr. Suskind's ultimate goal, and that of her dedicated team, is to help all children reach their full potentials and to close the ever-widening achievement gap.


early literacy in Evanston

“Advancing literacy is a priority in the eyes of many organizations based in Evanston, so we are pleased to join forces with the Evanston Public Library and Rotary International to introduce Dana Suskind’s message that parents can be actively involved in expanding their children’s life-long potential,” said ECF President and CEO Sara Schastok. “Suskind’s is one more voice supporting strategies that ECF’s Every Child Ready for Kindergarten initiative has promoted for the past decade to help close the achievement gap where it begins, in the first years of life.”

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of over $20 million in 80-plus funds, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.

event partners

For more than 140 years, EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY has provided educational, culturally-rich resources for all residents, helped children prepare for school through the joys of reading and learning, celebrated Evanston’s diversity, and helped residents find information they seek. The Library is more than a building of books; it is a place to meet, connect, learn and explore.

ROTARY brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.