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Pitt County leaders gathered Friday for a panel discussion on the State of the Child at a breakfast sponsored by the United Way of Pitt County and the Martin-Pitt Parnership for Children. From left, pediatrician Dr. Tom Irons, United Way Director Jim Cieslar, East Carolina University child development professor Abigail Jewkes, Pitt County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory and State Rep. Brian Brown, R-Pitt.
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Pitt County leaders gathered Friday for a panel discussion on the State of the Child at a breakfast sponsored by the United Way of Pitt County and the Martin-Pitt Parnership for Children. From left, pediatrician Dr. Tom Irons, United Way Director Jim Cieslar, East Carolina University child development professor Abigail Jewkes, Pitt County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory and State Rep. Brian Brown, R-Pitt.

Panel discusses early childhood

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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A child’s experiences during the first 2,000 days of life, have a lasting effect — for better or worse — on later health, learning and success, child development experts told a group of community leaders on Friday.

The challenges to engaging children during the early years of life and the consequences, negative and positive, of adult involvement in preparing children for life were discussed during a breakfast hosted by the United Way of Pitt County and the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children.


Keynote speaker Dr. Tom Irons, a practicing pediatrician and professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has spent his career helping poor and disenfranchised people in eastern North Carolina. He connected what he learned from his experiences caring for children here to his work with children in Africa ravaged by poverty and disease.

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