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. READ MORE»

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. READ MORE»

Walking the Route

August is an exciting time full of new beginnings, new routines, lots of growth and - let's face it - perhaps maybe even a few tears. (Usually from mom or dad!!). For youngsters just beginning to transition from home to school - or for those who are moving on to kindergarten, new buildings or new classrooms - its normal for this excitement to be mixed with a little anxiety as well. Read more from our Early Childhood Strategy Leader, Laura DiCola, in this message from the July 2017 "Prepared, Passionate & Persistent Parents" e-newsletter. READ MORE»