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Portland Parent Group Guest Speaker Series on Thurs. 3/31 & Thurs. 4/14

Join Us for the Starting Strong Portland Parent Group Guest Speaker Series!

Free! Open to all!

Virtual meeting via Zoom at 7pm
Link to join meeting: https://bit.ly/startingstrongparents

Eamonn Dundon, Director of Advocacy at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

“Child care matters: How Portland’s business community is responding” 

Eamonn will share the Chamber’s advocacy work on child care, including efforts to direct public funds at the municipal, county, and state level towards start-up costs and wage subsidies for child care workers. 


4/14/2022: “Speech and language development with infants and toddlers”
Guest speaker: Laurie Mack, Executive Director, Northeast Hearing and Speech

Laurie Mack, M.A., CCC-SLP earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Maine. Prior to joining Northeast Hearing & Speech, she worked at York County Counseling Program in Saco, Maine providing service for people of all ages and running a preschool program for children with communication disorders.. In addition to her role of Executive Director and clinical practice, she is a UNE LEND faculty member and a Hanen Certified Trainer for Early Childhood Educators. Laurie has a special interest in interdisciplinary work, autism, early literacy, and providing training at the local, state, and national level. Laurie is an active member of Portland Connect Ed’s Starting Strong and the Westbrook Children’s Project, both community initiatives to improve kindergarten readiness and third grade reading levels. Her work in the community has focused on supporting parents, students, and early childhood educators in the facilitation of language and literacy with preschool children. Laurie is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


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