Join Philanthropy Missouri and grantmaking peers for an Early Childhood funder briefing with Dr. Pam Thomas, Assistant Commissioner of the newly created Missouri Office of Childhood. The new Office, set to formally launch operations on August 30, 2021, aims to consolidate Missouri’s early childhood programs and funding across the state, including child care, home visiting, pre-kindergarten, and afterschool programming.
During this online, interactive program, Dr. Thomas will provide an overview of the Office's creation, activities, and engagement with federal stimulus funds, and then answer Member-submitted questions during a virtual fireside chat Q&A with facilitator Sarah Bowman of PNC Bank. Members are invited to submit questions for Dr. Thomas ahead of the event through this link. The program will conclude with time for participant follow-up questions.
This conversation is also intended to introduce grantmakers across the state who may have complementary interests, and to provide participants with information on opportunities for further engagement.
9:00am - Welcome & Introductions
9:05am - Presentation by Dr. Pam Thomas, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Office of Childhood
9:25am - Fireside Chat Q&A facilitated by Sarah Bowman, Vice President & Client and Community Relations Assistant Director, PNC Bank
9:45am - Interactive Discussion
Non-Member Registration: If you are a Missouri funder that is not currently a member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be registered for this program.
Partnership: Special thanks to PNC Bank for sponsoring our Early Childhood Funder programming series.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
About Dr. Pam Thomas, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Office of Childhood
Dr. Thomas has over 17 years of experience in early childhood as an in-home provider, services coordinator, training consultant, state program coordinator, and grant administrator. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in school counseling, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Pam grew up in rural, northeast Missouri and moved to the Jefferson City area in 2008 to work at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Pam and her husband Dale have four grown sons.