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Early-childhood event to address school readiness

ROBERT ALLEN
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Parents and early-childhood teachers will learn about the latest findings in the role of communication for young children’s school readiness ” as well as their nutrition and emotional health ” at a conference May 2 at Summit Middle School.

The second annual Successful Child Conference, expected to attract people from across Colorado, is to feature keynote speaker Peter Mangione, co-director of WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies.

Mangione’s organization aims to help U.S. children get a healthy start in life.

Elizabeth Edgar Lowe, childcare resource and referral manager at Summit County’s Early Childhood Options, said the speech will address a state and national push for school readiness.

“For little people, being ready for school is really about healthy social-emotional development,” she said. “And one of the big ways to help support (them) is speaking and communicating, and providing a very language-rich environment for your young person.”

Mangione has worked for more than 20 years on development of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care, a national model for training early-childhood practitioners, according to the WestEd Center.

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He was one of the executive producers of the video, “A World Full of Language: Supporting Preschool English Learners,” and has recently been working to develop early-childhood learning foundations for the California Department of Education.

Mangione’s speech and other workshops at the conference are to be available in Spanish as well as English.

The conference is intended for parents and teachers of children from birth to age 8.

Last year’s event attracted more than 200 people. Lowe said it was started after a variety of local groups decided to provide “high-quality training” to people dealing with young children.

She said people interested in attending are encouraged to register soon to ensure a slot and lunch. The conference will be at SMS in Frisco from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advance registration is $25 and includes lunch from Hearthstone Catering. Walk-in registration is $30 and doesn’t guarantee lunch.

The event is organized by Summit County Young Child Committee, which includes people from Early Childhood Options, Summit Prevention Alliance and Summit School District, among others.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.