On October 29, 2022, Child Care Resource Center hosted a masquerade award ball at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrating individuals across northeast Ohio making a difference in our communities relating to child and foster care, childcare businesses, and community investment in quality childcare resources. United Way of Greater Lorain County is proud that the three kindergarten readiness Community Collaboratives directors; were highlighted with Community Impact Awards. Receiving special recognition at the event were Jenn Keathley from OberlinKids, Katelyn Gonzalez from Rising Titans, and Julie Piazza-King from Ready Set Go to Kindergarten.

This substantial accomplishment recognizes the dedication they have to Lorain County children despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The three Community Collaboratives powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County prepare children in Elyria, Lorain and Oberlin for kindergarten so the whole class is on the same page and every child can reach their full potential.

OberlinKids, (Oberlin) focuses on developing solutions to ensure all children enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Ready Set Go (Elyria) focuses on improving kindergarten readiness for children in the Elyria City School District by providing targeted activities and programs addressing the physical health, social/emotional development, behavioral health, academic preparedness, and parental support for each child.

Rising Titans (Lorain) focuses on improving kindergarten readiness for children in Lorain through parent engagement, family empowerment, healthy children, and resources for providers.

“I could not be more thrilled that our kindergarten readiness Community Collaboratives were acknowledged for their hard work and tremendous impact on children and families,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County President and CEO, Ryan Aroney. “I’m thankful to the Childcare Resource Center for their partnership and I appreciate them giving this recognition to the Community Collaboratives. I’m especially proud of the collaborative leaders Jenn, Katelyn, and Julie for their well-earned recognition. This is a testament to their commitment, passion, and leadership in making an impact on the lives our community’s youngest learners.”
To learn more about the kindergarten readiness Community Collaboratives powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County, visit uwloraincounty.org/education/

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