Two opportunities: please participate &/or e-forward to folks who may be interested in (1) Tues., May 4, 9:30a-2:30p tele-summit/Lubbock about high-impact, cost-effective, leverage opportunities via Pre-Kindergarten/Early-Childhood education &/or (2) Sat., July 31, 10a-2p Back to School Fiesta/Lubbock for all families – especially all members/all ages of first-generation college families.
1. Tues., May 4, 9:30a-2:30p/Lubbock: Early Childhood/youngest learners: Texas School Ready! Simulcast/teleconference at Region 17 Service Center/Lubbock (2 blocks north of intersection of 19th & Frankford/Lubbock: www.LubbockMap.com or www.ESC17.Net (select “About ESC-17” & then “Maps”). Sorry, no log-in availability from other sites. Rsvp for on-site lunch to CSimpson@UnitedWay-Lubbock.org
TECEC, Children’s Learning Institute, Child Care Associates, Texas Education Agency & Texas PBS are partnering to bring “The State of School Readiness.” The Texas School Ready! tele-Summit brings together early education thought-leaders, policymakers & researchers to highlight achievements, explore current issues & raise awareness about many of the wonderful school readiness efforts & partnerships formed in local communities throughout Texas. Participants will gain increased knowledge of successful research-based practices for improving school readiness in our youngest learners.
Fyi, from ’10 Latino Education Summit/Lubbock: $8 to $1 return on investment in early childhood education: preventing poverty & cultivating well-educated, prosperous residents.
2. Sat., July 31, 10a-2p, Back to School Fiesta at Texas Tech University/United Spirit Arena. Contact Lea.Davidson@TTU.edu or 806-742-7017 if you/your organization would like to be part of the event in any/all of the following ways: [a] hosting an exhibit table: if you plan to bring items to handout, please plan for approximately 5,000 people; [b] volunteering to help at the event (i.e., as a lead volunteer who will be in charge of answering questions & helping other 12-15 “regular” volunteers; a “regular” volunteer; a bilingual volunteer; etc.); &/or  inviting all families across the South Plains – to attend. From Lea: “Hope you will get involved.” www.Depts.TTU.edu/Diversity/CommunityEngagement/BTSF.php · College motivational workshops · College preparation workshops about admissions, scholarships, degree programs, campus life & more (in English & in Spanish) · Campus tours (in English & in Spanish) · Parent workshops (in English & in Spanish) · Community & college information fair · Guest speakers · TTU Cheerleaders · Carnival entertainment that includes a bounce house, obstacle courses & the Jungle Slide! · Hands-on academic activities · a family wellness center · Free food & entertainment. · Chances to win prizes · Free school supplies · And much, much more!
P.S. If you’re already part of the 515-member GO Center learning community: thank you!! If not, you are hereby invited to be part of this voluntary, collaborative learning community (no costs or requirements on your part: all the requirements are mine … to e-offer you age-appropriate no-charge resources, hundreds of community connections, etc.), simply e-Reply “Yes!” to me & I’ll become your unpaid, extended staff. To discover your actual/prospective community partners among the GO Centers, please visit www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com & select “GO Centers” from the right-hand menu & then scroll downward through the list. Or to sort GO Centers by county/services, please visit www.ClosingTheGaps.org & select “GO Centers” from the left-hand menu & then link to “Locations.”