PUBLISHED: 6:01 PM on Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Early Learning receives boost from ConocoPhillips
ANCHORAGE - Best Beginnings, Alaska's early learning initiative, received a financial boost of $100,000 from ConocoPhillips on May 15. Wendy King, vice president of external affairs for ConocoPhillips, presented the check to Abbe Hensley, executive director for Best Beginnings, at an Early Learning Council meeting in mid-April.

"As a parent of young children, I understand the importance of engaging children early. ConocoPhillips shares this commitment and understands children who are prepared to learn when they begin school are more likely to become productive adults. This translates into a stronger Alaska work force and healthy economy," King said.

Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that brings people and resources together to ensure Alaska children are prepared to succeed when they enter school. The organization is managed by the Early Learning Council and United Way of Anchorage. For more on the Best Beginnings initiative, visit