7th Annual Family Reading Festival
February 8, 2014 10am - 3pm
Akron Main Library
Special Guests: Jim Gill, Robin Echols Cooper, Steel Angels Steel Drum Band, Curious George, and more...
11th Annual Day of Reading
February 12, 2014
Stand up and be counted! Read 30 minutes total, anywhere, anything, anytime!
Promise to read today by visiting www.thiscityreads.org
$25,000 awarded from the Akron Community Foundation!
With a $25,000 grant from the Akron Community Foundation, the next phase of Summit County Early Care and Education System Enhancement Plan has been launched. This grant will fund a Community Developmental Screening Project which will provide regular developmental screening and referral for young children in the community in a coordinated and collaborative systemized manner. First Things First will work with Child Care Connection to implement the grant as part of the Special Needs and Early Intervention Group.
The Community Developmental Screening Project will address two strategies from the Special Needs and Early Intervention Group’s work plan. The first strategy identified is to establish a system for regular, developmental screenings for children birth to age five. The second strategy is to ensure that all screeners are trained to make an appropriate follow-up referral. Several organizations, individuals, and programs that are already screening children birth to five years with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) have been identified to participate. These include: Help Me Grow, Help Me Grow Plus, Early Head Start, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA), Greenleaf Family Center’s SPARK program, local pediatricians and child care centers. There are approximately 178 child care centers in Summit County and some already have staff trained to administer the ASQ. This training can be used by the centers to earn credit toward their Step Up to Quality certification.