LWV/AAUW Forum: Early Childhood Education Sept. 6

Deputy Director New Mexico LFC Charles Sallee
Early Childhood Education will be the subject of a public forum Thursday, Sept. 6, when Searchlight New Mexico joins with the League of Women Voters (LWV) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to address the needs of young children.

The forum features Charles Sallee, deputy director of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee and an expert in evaluating state agencies and education here and in Texas. His work has led to major policy and cost saving changes in the areas of Medicaid, higher education, adult and juvenile corrections, public schools and workers compensation.

Sallee, who grew up in New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University, will speak to the need for better implementation of effective Early Childhood Programs (e.g., First Born), as well as for oversight and improvement of existing programs such as Head Start and Pre-K.

His talk will be followed by an audience Q&A and small discussion groups.

The evening will be moderated by Searchlight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that has devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well-being in New Mexico.

The event, which is free to the public, is 7-9 p.m. at Graves Hall, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. Refreshments will be offered beginning at 6.30 p.m.

For additional questions, contact Barbara Calef, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, at bfcalef@gmail.com.