Embracing School Readiness in Tallmadge

The enhancement of early childhood education has been an ongoing conversation among school administrators in Tallmadge. “We’re lucky to have a close-knit community, in terms of the investment and willingness of residents to support schools,” says Courtney Davis, principal of Dunbar Elementary School. Although Readiness Coalitions debuted in Summit County earlier this year, Davis, along with Superintendent of Tallmadge City Schools Jeff Ferguson, had already collaborated on several early childhood initiatives. Read more about their ideas in this story. READ MORE»

High-Fives All Around

More than 170 individuals attended the TSS Kick-Off, “Bridging Early Childhood and Kindergarten in Your Community,” on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Akron Civic Theatre. While the event’s brief presentation reviewed the value of the TSS and its successes in Summit County schools, the main purpose of the kick-off was to celebrate the preschools involved, in addition to their kindergarten-level partners. Read more about the event and the Readiness Coalitions forming across Summit County in this story. READ MORE»

Critical Transition Point Projects Receive Funding

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) appreciates the support we receive from foundations, local businesses and organizations in Summit County. We thank Medical Mutual of Ohio, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and Welty Family Foundation for their most recent financial contributions to SEI. All three entities support the projects SEI initiates at the six critical transition points along the Cradle to Career continuum. READ MORE»

Family Reading Festival Celebrates 10 Years

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Family Reading Festival, an event that welcomes families to the Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) in early February to enjoy literacy-themed activities with other community members. Because reading can open doors to increased opportunities for learning, particularly for children, focusing on the importance of literacy among families benefits the community and the futures of its residents. READ MORE»