SEI Press Releases

Community Partners Collaborate to Support Early Childhood Education at Home

When a county-wide initiative convenes local families, educators and community partners to support its youngest residents, we all win. This August, the Good Beginning Fairs celebrate their eighth year as part of the late County of Summit Executive Russ Pry’s Summit Kids Month. The fairs, also part of the Summit County First Things First initiative, support one of First Things First’s most significant guiding principles – early learning begins at birth. Read more about the fairs in this press release, distributed on June 12, 2017.

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20 Early Educators to Help Increase High-Quality Teacher/Child Interactions

CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County is a new program that combines the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for a group of 20 educators working in Summit County preschools and child care centers. Generous funding from GAR Foundation, GPD Group Employees’ Foundation and PNC Foundation will support CLASS Act Scholars’ pilot year and beyond. Read more about the program in this story.

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Interactive Presentation Illustrates Students’ Experiences and Effects on Summit County

During Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s Cradle to Career Experience, all audience members have a role to play. Whether an individual becomes a student (e.g., Billy, Danielle or Aiden), or a student’s advocate, everyone has an opportunity to participate. The hands-on, interactive approach not only puts some adults in students’ shoes, but it also encourages individuals to think about how to disperse their own resources to help more students meet with success. Read more about the experience and how to get your organization involved in this post.

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Philanthropy Ohio Releases Education Recommendations

Philanthropy Ohio released its latest education recommendations to Governor John Kasich, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and other education policy leaders today. Building on the recent release of Philanthropy Ohio’s K-12 education briefing papers, today’s report, Investing in Ohio’s Future. Now. A Postsecondary Education Access and Affordability Agenda for Ohio, analyzes Ohio’s progress in making college more affordable for Ohio’s students and families and offers recommendations on how to improve affordability.

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Spotlight on Early Childhood at the Akron Civic Theatre

On Thursday, Jan. 19, Summit Education Initiative (SEI), along with Child Care Connection, State Support Team Region 8 and Summit County First Things First, is hosting a special event for preschool directors and staff, elementary principals, kindergarten teachers and others working with preschool- and kindergarten-aged children in Summit County.

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