SEI Stories

Teachers, Community Leaders Make Early Education a Priority

Kids may start kindergarten when they’re young children, but they start learning the minute they’re born. And what children learn before they enter kindergarten could affect them the rest of their lives. It’s a point that speakers emphasized at First Things First’s second annual School Readiness Summit on Friday at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, where more than 600 people convened to develop solutions to challenges facing early education in Summit County. Read more in this story from the Akron Beacon Journal.

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Attendance Matters

The start of school is an excellent time to create strong routines to support your child’s early learning success. One of the most important things that parents can do for their children is to get them to school every day, and on time!  Children can’t benefit from learning opportunities when they aren’t in school. Read more about the importance of school attendance in this post.

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A New Beginning Marks an End

Yet again, summer is coming to a close, another school year is upon us and students have spent the past few weeks settling back into their classrooms. This includes our summer intern, Michelle Burrier, who has again returned to the University of Cincinnati for her junior year of college. Read more about the projects Michelle worked on in this post.

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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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