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Second Annual School Readiness Summit Registration Opens for Oct. 27 Event

Registration for the 2017 School Readiness Summit on Oct. 27 is open and organizers are hoping to attract an even bigger crowd of child advocates than last year. More than 530 caring adults convened at John S. Knight Center last October for the first summit, which featured active discussions on preparing children for success in school and life. Read more about what attendees may expect at this year’s event in the press release Summit Education Initiative distributed on Aug. 24.

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First Things First Partners Focus on the Power of Play

“Go Fish,” “Candyland,” a sensory pool and cup stacking were just a few activities in which young children could participate in the Summit County First Things First “The Power of Play!” room at the Summit for Kids Expo on Aug. 19. Read more about the partners involved and the purpose of the activity room in this post.

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Children’s Activity Area and Therapy Dogs Stand Out at Fairs

Thanks to several Summit County First Things First partners and other community organizations, more families are now equipped with appropriate resources for getting their little ones ready for school. Nearly 300 total individuals attended this year’s Good Beginnings Fairs, part of the late Summit County Executive Russ Pry’s Summit Kids Month. The Nordonia Hills City School District hosted its first fair at Ledgeview Elementary School on Aug. 1; the Akron-Summit County Public Library hosted the Akron fair on Aug. 3; and Springfield Junior/Senior High School hosted the Springfield fair on Aug. 9. Read more about the fairs in this post.

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Out of School Time Partners Gain New Leadership

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) is excited to announce that Cristina González Alcalá, research associate, is assuming responsibilities for coordinating all of SEI’s work and partnerships with Out of School Time Partners (OSTPs). González Alcalá will maintain most of her responsibilities as SEI’s research associate. Learn more about her role in this update from Executive Director Derran Wimer.

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Continued Support from Two Funders in Fiscal Year 2018

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) appreciates the support we receive from local businesses and organizations in Summit County. We thank Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) and Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for their most recent financial contributions to SEI. Read more about the projects their funding benefits in this post.

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