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UWT and Tacoma’s Children’s Museum plan gathering on building a child-centered community

Next month, bring your ideas on how to make Tacoma and Pierce County more child-friendly to a symposium co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tacoma and the Children’s Museum.

The Sept. 23 gathering is free but registration is required. It is for “community-minded adults to exchange knowledge and ideas and identify actions we can take together to build a community that acknowledges, nurtures and benefits from the capabilities of its youngest citizens,” according to a news release.

The museum and UWT estimate that 15 percent of the local population is under the age of 9, showing the importance of keeping those young people in mind when making decisions.

Local community members will lead discussions, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, MultiCare’s customer service director Drew Ebersole, Go Local founder Patricia Lecy-Davis and Tacoma Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Josh Garcia. National speakers will attend as well.

Register at www.tacoma.uw.edu/events/content/early-learning-symposium. The event will be held at the UWT’s Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends around 11:45 a.m.

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