BERKS EARLY LEARNING COALITION (BELC)

BELC

Registration is now open for the 2018 BELC Summit: Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce!

When: October 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 A.M. Registration; 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Program
Where: BCIU Main Office (1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA 19605)
For more information and to register: www.bit.ly/BELCSummit
Deadline for registration is September 24. Seating is limited; please register early.

AWARENESS | ADVOCACY | ACTION


PURPOSE – To ensure all Berks County pre-kindergarten children who are considered at risk have access to high-quality early learning education

MISSION – To promote Berks County business partnerships and community connections that support pre-kindergarten early learning

VISION – All Berks County children will be fully prepared to enter school ready to learn

OBJECTIVES

  • Publish articles to build awareness and advocacy.
  • Review and revise early childhood data to accurately capture underserved students.
  • Host a seminar regarding financing child care and early learning (partner with ELIC).
  • Explore program options to enhance partnerships and impact in Berks County.

STEERING COMMITTEE

CHAIRS

Julia H. Klein – C.H. Briggs
Alan J. Ottinger – Quality Investment Castings, Inc.

MEMBERS

John T. Adams – Berks County District Attorney
Toni Eckert
– Alvernia University
Representative Mark Gillen – PA House of Representatives
Dr. Jill M. Hackman – Berks County Intermediate Unit
Bradley & Barbara Hall – Community Leaders
Dr. Solomon Lausch – Berks Business Education Coalition
Karen Marsdale – Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Jeannine O’Neill-Rohrbach – Brentwood Industries, Inc.
Andrew Potteiger – Brandywine Heights Area School District
Allen Reese – Olivet Boys’ & Girls’ Club
Representative Mark Rozzi – PA House of Representatives
Dr. Yamil Sanchez Rivera – United Way
Senator Judith L. Schwank – PA State Senate
Samuel Thomas – St. Daniel’s Preschool
Tom Voelker – Brandywine Heights Area School District
Dr. Karen Wang – Children’s Health Center/Tower Health
Christi Weitzel – Berks County Intermediate Unit
Kate Williams – Reading Health System

COALITION LIAISON

Carey Harris, Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission
carey@paearlylearning.com | 412-303-4406 | paearlylearning.com 

APRIL 2017 SUMMIT MATERIALS

As a follow-up to our successful Berks Early Learning Coalition Summit on April 7, 2017 at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, we have PowerPoint slides and links to share with you from our presenters, Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Childhood Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) and Dr. Junlei Li, Associate Professor of psychology at St. Vincent College and Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center.

 
CALL TO ACTION 

  • Support Governor Wolf’s proposed budget increases for PreK education services
  • Leverage local community service groups such as Rotary, Lions’ Clubs, etc.
  • Within individual workplaces, reach out to educate colleagues to recognize and advocate for ‘quality’ Pre-K programs
  • Strengthen partnerships between school districts and local businesses to promote early learning support and opportunities

 
RESOURCES

BELC FAST FACTS

READING EAGLE ARTICLES

MISCELLANEOUS SOURCES


For additional information, contact:
Beth Kozloski, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at Berks County Intermediate Unit
610-987-8486 | belc@berksiu.org

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