Families Lead the Way: Transforming Communities through Engagement Call for Proposals

Dear Early Childhood Partners,

The Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is seeking workshop presenters for the third Maryland Family Engagement Summit to be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in the BWI area. The Summit will be attended by educators, parent ambassadors, family service coordinators, Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) members, and state and local policy makers. Proposals for the 2-hour breakout sessions should support the theme of cultivating and developing family leaders, and strategies for engaging families as leaders in schools, programs, and communities with an emphasis on moving from involvement to engagement. All proposals should take into consideration the particular strengths and needs of dual-language or non-English-speaking families and families of children with disabilities. Proposals should align with the Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework and should indicate which specific goals of the Framework it supports.

Torticollis Website For Parents Survey

The purpose of this study is to determine the desirability of a website on torticollis for parents.
If you are either a legal guardian of a child 5 years of age or younger, or a professional who works with children 5 years of age or younger and are at least 18 years old, and can read and write in English, please help the University of Maryland School of Medicine by completing this brief survey.

For parent survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentSurveyonTorticollis

For professional survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProfessionalSurveyonTorticollis

Ready At Five Welcomes New Leadership

The Executive Leadership Committee is pleased to welcome Susan Foulds as Ready At Five's Interim Executive Director.  Ms. Foulds is a dynamic results-oriented leader with more than 25 years demonstrated success in producing revenue, executive management, governance, marketing, and strategic planning in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
Foulds began her career in advertising on the Grey, New York account management team, where she co-produced an award-winning trade campaign for the National Dairy Board. Acting as Development Director for GLSEN, and a catalyst for change and innovation, she initiated and successfully completed the process for GLSEN to become a sponsored campaign of the Ad Council (ThinkB4YouSpeak).

She began her independent consultancy in 2007, and has focused on interim senior management assignments supporting clients through critical transition periods, and involving resource development, strategic planning and marketing. She holds a BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

Additionally, we are happy to announce that Robin Hopkins has been promoted to Deputy Director of Ready At Five.  Ms. Hopkins has been the Senior Program Director at Ready At Five since 2015.  She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Studies and graduate certificates in Teaching Reading and Leadership in Technology Integration from the Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. Robin has extensive knowledge and experience with Ready At Five's programs and services, and has an excellent reputation in the early childhood community. She will work with Ready At Five's committed staff to provide continuity while a full search for a permanent Executive Director takes place.


Along with this leadership team, the guidance from our Executive Leadership Committee will ensure that Ready At Five continues to be a strong partner and leader in Maryland's early childhood community, supporting educators, families, and children with a thoughtful plan for leadership transition. 

New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Data Is Released For 2017-2018

Maryland's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is a developmentally appropriate observational and assessment tool administered to kindergarteners in the fall of each year that measures school readiness across four domains. Readiness levels, as well as in each domain and by specific subgroups, are reported statewide and for each of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions.

Please go to Readiness Matters 2018 to see the entire series.

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