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Study after study stresses how much the early years matter to how a child grows and develops.
Yet many children, because of poverty, abuse or other challenges, enter school unprepared to learn and thrive.
As the featured speaker for the free Holland Lecture Series today, Samuel Meisels, one of the nation's leading authorities on the development of young children and early childhood learning, will explain how early education can significantly improve the chances for all children.
Meisels recently was named founding executive director of the University of Nebraska's Buffett Early Childhood Institute, a university-wide research, education and policy center focused on children from birth to age 8.
He has served since 2002 as president of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, the country's premier graduate school in child development.
The lecture will be 7:30 p.m. in the Holland Center's Kiewit Hall. Each patron may request up to six free tickets for the lecture and for the free reception that follows. To get them, follow the link with this story at Omaha.com or call 402-345-0606. — Julie Anderson