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The 2018 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium on Friday, March 9, 2018 was a huge success! The event featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Julian Ford, Featured Speaker David Kisor and Joni Close of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. A special thanks to our Premier sponsor PNC Bank-Grow Up Great Initiative and representative Jennifer Fox for your generous contribution of both time and funding to support this event. We are also very grateful to the Great Starts for Great Futures committee for bringing forth the idea to offer this event in Stark County, our symposium planning committee members and our many sponsors who made the event possible.  

We would also like to thank the agencies who chaired the event: Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC), Stark County District Library (SCDL) and Stark Educational Partnership (SEP) and the representatives who put their heart into making the day such a great experience for all: Kristine Filhour (ECRC), Marianna DiGiacoma (SCDL), and Krista Allison (SEP). The event would not have been possible without the many presenters, volunteers, agency members and over 500 attendees who participated.

To download power points from the day of the event or to contact the presenters, please follow the links below. Download the complete program from the day of the event.

Morning Plenary

Joni Close

David Kisor

Bring On the Sunshine-Tina Lemon

Building Your Bounce-Barbara Werstler

Empathy 101-Maria Spencer

Engaging All Learners-Susan Korey-Hirko

Laugh, Play, Read-Julia Shaheen 

Looking Past Label-Larissa Haring

Afternoon Plenary

Dr. Julian Ford

The committee will be meeting very soon to announce the date for our 2019 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium. If you have questions or need additional information, please call Kristine Filhour at 330-491-3272.We look forward to seeing you next year.

Video of the Day

As a special thank you to everyone who participated in the day of the event, please take a look at our video.

2018 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium Thank You














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