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As a collaborative movement, Little Moments Count partners are out in the community promoting the benefits of brain development in the first 1000 days of life. That’s because activities that build brain power also promote health equity and healthier outcomes in later life. 

The Little Moments Count Radio Podcast is created in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio and community radio stations throughout Minnesota. Here are some programs for you to learn more about our movement!

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Power Perspectives  |  KRSM  |  98.9 FM

Power Perspectives is a radio show on KRSM 98.9FM which talks about policy, art, building power and community life in Minneapolis.

The Importance of Seeing Yourself in Books, with guest Zsamé Morgan

Today we hear from Babycakes Book Stack mobile book store owner, Zsamé Morgan. Morgan talks about how books enhance your child’s life, even before they are able to read and how they can help deal with feelings of grief. Power Perspectives hosts Andrea Pierre and ShaVunda Brown interview Morgan on why it's so important for children to be able to see themselves in books. This episode was recorded on December 7th, 2022.

Mitigating Trauma by Creating Supportive Environments for Children, with guest Andre Dukes

We hear from Andre Dukes, President of Family & Community Impact at Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, on today's episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast. Dukes discusses the importance of knowing your children and how they respond to different environments, and how to parent in a white supremacist culture. This episode was recorded on October 4th, 2022.

Pathways to your Child’s Success from a Pediatrician, with guest Andrea Singh

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from pediatrician Dr. Andrea Singh. Singh is also the chair of Pediatrics at Park Nicollet and co-leads children’s health initiative work at HealthPartners. In this episode, Singh discusses the many ways in which pediatricians can help parents help their children succeed in life. This episode was recorded on September 1, 2022.

Using Nature to Teach Your Child, with guest Sheila Williams Ridge

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from Sheila Williams Ridge, co-author of “Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget.” Williams Ridge also co-founded the Minneapolis Nature Pre-School and co-directs the Child Development Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota. In this episode, recorded on August 2, 2022, at KRSM's studio in Minneapolis, Power Perspectives hosts Andrea Pierre and ShaVunda Brown interview Sheila on the importance of nature-based play. This episode was recorded on August 2, 2022.

The Importance of Talking to Young Children about Race, with guest Dianne Haulcy

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from Dianne Haulcy. Dianne has nearly 30 years of experience directing early childhood and other programs, all serving inner-city, low-income, ethnically diverse populations. She hosts the Early Risers podcast focused on how to talk to very young children about race and racism. Hosts Andrea Pierre and ShaVunda Brown interview Dianne on why it’s so important to have conversations about race with our young children.. This episode was recorded on July 5, 2022.

Most Learning Happens In The First 3 Years Of Life, with guest Frank Forsberg

On our debut episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we start by talking with Early Childhood Initiatives Consultant, Frank Forsberg. Frank's 30+ years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience paired with a focus on early childhood initiatives has led him to work with the statewide collaborative, Little Moments Count. In his role with Little Moments Count, Frank is helping design and develop a social movement focused on early brain development. Hosts Andrea Pierre and ShaVunda Brown interview Frank on why the first 3 years of a child's life are so important. This episode was recorded on June 7, 2022.

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Native Roots Radio |  AM950 | www.nativerootsradio.com

I’M AWAKE is a weekly Native American talk radio show that discusses local, regional and national Native American news and events. Local and national guests help keep us current with Mother Earth, Tribal and Political issues across all of Turtle Island.

Native American issues are human Issues.

Finding Solutions to Problems Facing Parents, Caregivers and Educators in Minnesota, with guests Barb Fabre, Shakira Bradshaw, Sandy Simar, Jenny Moses

Today we hear from four members of the Great Start for All MN Children Task Force. This task force was proposed by early care and education advocates, legislators, and the Walz-Flanagan Administration for the purposes of developing a state plan to accomplish the goal that “all families to have access to affordable, high-quality early care and education." Listen to find out why it's important all voices be heard in decisions affecting education in MN. Information on the task force can be found at https://bit.ly/3GzQePE. This episode was recorded on December 7th, 2022.

Early Childhood Learning in Indigenous Immersion Settings, with guests Fawn Youngbear Tibbetts and Jewell Arcoren

Fawn Youngbear Tibbetts and Jewell Arcoren of the Wicoie Nandagikendan Minneapolis’s Ojibwe and Dakhota Language Immersion Early Childhood Center, one of the first early childhood urban immersion language learning programs, appear on this podcast. They are interviewed on the importance of the development of young children through culture and language. This episode was recorded on October 26th, 2022.

Early Childhood Education in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, with guests Tammy Wickstrom and Baabiitawigiizhigookwe Melissa Boyd

On this episode, we hear from Tammy Wickstrom, Executive Director of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Aanjibimaadizing program, which integrates employment, training, and related services to support workforce development, self-sufficiency and family stability. We also talk to Baabiitawigiizhigookwe Melissa Boyd, who currently serves as the Senior Advisor on Language Revitalization Initiatives for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Wickstrom and Boyd are interviewed on the importance of recognizing the effects of how cultivating connections with one’s Indigenous language and culture contributes to improved physical and mental wellbeing, and therefore greater success in school, family, and the workplace. This episode was recorded on November 30th, 2022.

Culturally Relevant Training for Early Childhood Professionals, with guests Barb Fabre and Lucy Littlewolf Arias

On this episode, we hear Barb Fabre and Lucy Littlewolf Arias discuss the Indigenous Professional Development for Early childhood Educators. Hosts Robert Pilot and Ogimaa Giniw Ikwe interview Fabre and Arias on the results of a survey from early childhood educators and how, with knowledge and training, teachers can help reverse adverse experiences for young children and replace them with positive experiences. This episode was recorded on November 9th, 2022.

Helping bring Indigenous languages back within a Montessori setting, with guest Brooke LaFloe

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from Brook LaFloe. LaFloe, of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is an Indigenous Montessori Educator and Entrepreneur and CEO of Niniijaanis One of Ones, which produces culturally-relevant learning materials and curriculum for birth though age-6 Indigenous children. LaFloe discusses Montessori teachings and how they relate to Indigenous teachings and the importance of revitalizing Indigenous languages. This episode was recorded on October 10th, 2022 .

The Importance of a Cultural Early Childhood Curriculum, with guests Barb Fabre and Lynn Sheils

Our guests on this episode are Barb Fabre, CEO of Indigenous Visioning and Lynn Sheils, Lead Teacher at Grand Portage Head Start. Hosts Robert and Wendy Pilot from Native Roots Radio, I’m Awake, interview Fabre and Sheils about INDIGEBOX, an educational subscription box for early childhood learning environments serving American Indian children. This episode was recorded on September 28th, 2022.

Building Reconnection with the Indigenous Parent Leadership Initiative, with guests Beth Ann Dodds, Kris Manning and Lacy Armstrong

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from a crew of people in the Indigenous Parent Leadership Initiative. Beth Ann Dodds is a project coordinator of the program, Kris Manning is a program facilitator, and Lacy Armstrong is a parent participant in the program. Guests speak about the 21-week civics program, the Indigenous Parent Leadership Initiative, from the perspectives of teachers and participants. This episode was recorded on September 14th, 2022.

Empowering Parents in Indian Country, with guest Barb Fabre

This episode, we hear from Barb Fabre, CEO of Indigenous Visioning and developer of the Indigenous Parent Leadership Initiative. Fabre discusses the Initiative, whose goal is to transform parents into better versions of themselves, helping them become the leaders they would like to be for their children and families, all through a cultural lens. This episode was recorded on August 17th, 2022.

Reconnecting with and reclaiming Indigenous Language, with guest Vanessa Goodthunder.

On this episode of the Little Moments Count Radio Podcast, we hear from Vanessa Goodthunder, director of the C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi, the Lower Sioux Early Head Start and Head Start Dakota language immersion program. Hosts Robert and Wendy Pilot from Native Roots Radio, I’m Awake, interview Goodthunder on the benefits of children and adults knowing their indigenous language. This episode was recorded on August 3, 2022.

Working to Close the Achievement Gap in Indian Country, with guest Barb Fabre

We hear from Barb Fabre in this Little Moments Count Radio Podcast episode. Barb Fabre is the CEO of Indigenous Visioning and All Nations Rise. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation in northwest Minnesota. Hosts Robert and Wendy Pilot from Native Roots Radio, I’m Awake, interview Barb on her work with early childhood education in Native communities. This episode was recorded on July 20, 2022.

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