Bates’ Brain Series explores how early language experiences shape brain development

Monday, April 14

TACOMA, Wash. -Whether it's singing nursery rhymes, reading to children, or verbally engaging with babies and toddlers, each interaction fosters brain development. Explore how loving and warm interactions and challenging learning experiences promote healthy brain development at Bates Technical College's Brain Series lecture.

The free event will be held on Thursday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. at the college's South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.  

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), will talk about the effects of early language experience, and how it shapes the brain and enables it to learn the sounds of language. Dr. Ferjan Ramirez will also speak to the implications of these experiences as it relates to school readiness.  

This year's Brain Series marks the 17th year Bates' Child Studies department has brought experts in the field of child development to Pierce County for a two-hour seminar, open to the public. The event coincides with the annual Scholastic Book Fair, held in the same location, April 24-26. Learn more about the book fair on the college's Facebook page.  

The Pierce County Public Library System, KBTC Public Television, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children generously sponsor the Brain Series.   For more information, call 253.680.7500 or visit www.   

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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