Kindergarten Readiness

Readiness Coalition Meetings

Akron Public Schools students

School districts across Summit County are organizing community conversations on early learning and school readiness called “Readiness Coalitions.” Individuals working with young children in schools, preschools and other settings, along with interested community members, typically gather at quarterly Readiness Coalition meetings in their district. The Readiness Coalitions are led by an elementary school principal or other district-level leader in each community. These coalition leaders also come together quarterly at Summit Education Initiative to exchange ideas and share information.

Check out upcoming Readiness Coalition meeting dates, related event details and contact information below. Visit this page often! We will add more districts as they announce their 2018 meeting dates. (Items in orange are meeting dates. Items in dark blue are other early childhood community events.)

Akron – Kenmore Cluster

Pfeiffer – Gina Llewellyn
Rimer – Rebecca Cacioppo
Sam Salem – Anna Panning

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at TBD

Contact/RSVP to: Anna Panning, Principal, Sam Salem CLC


Early Childhood Fair: Wednesday, April 11 at Lake Anna YMCA


9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Bistro 81 at Copley High School

Contact/RSVP to: Roman Capper, Principal, Arrowhead Primary School

Cuyahoga Falls

9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at Richardson Elementary School

9:30 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Richardson Elementary School

Contact/RSVP to: Julie Wilson, Principal, Richardson Elementary School


9:30 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at Greenwood Early Learning Center

Contact/RSVP to: Scott Shank, Principal, Greenwood Early Learning Center


11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Hudson Library & Historical Society

Contact/RSVP to: Tara Kieser, Assistant Principal, Ellsworth Hill Elementary School and Evamere Elementary School


9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at Nolley Elementary School

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for Nolley Elementary Leadership Day on Nov. 16. It is free for preschool employees to attend.

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Nolley Elementary School

Preschools are welcome to visit Nolley and shadow Ms. Mona, from Wilson Fundations, in kindergarten and first grade classrooms during this time.

Contact/RSVP to: Christi Pappas, Principal, Nolley Elementary School


6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in the Media Center at Ledgeview Elementary School

Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 20: Schedule visitations with Nordonia teachers at preschools with Kristen Cottrell.

Professional Development for Preschool Directors and Teachers: Join Nordonia administrators from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at 9370 Olde Eight Rd., Northfield, OH 44067. Listen to presentations about Responsive Classroom, Zones of Regulation and Pax, three programs to help students self-regulate and become positive partners in their education.

1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at Ledgeview Elementary School

Contact/RSVP to: Kristen Cottrell, Principal, Ledgeview Elementary School


6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Dunbar Primary School

6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Dunbar Primary School

6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Dunbar Primary School

6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at Dunbar Primary School

6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at Dunbar Primary School

Contact/RSVP to: Courtney Davis, Principal, Dunbar Primary School


1 – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Twinsburg Public Library

Contact/RSVP to: Scott Astey, Assistant Principal, Wilcox Primary School


9 – 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Woodridge Primary School Library

9 – 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Peninsula Library & Historical Society

9 – 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at TBD

9 – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at TBD

Contact/RSVP to: Beth Harrington, Principal, Woodridge Primary School