AUBURN — Dana Jones, early childhood specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, will come to DeKalb County Aug. 14 to discuss the skills and experiences that children ages birth to 5 need for early learning success.
The event is free and open to interested parents, teachers, community members, home- and center-based childcare providers and early childhood professionals.
Jones joined the Indiana Department of Education two years ago to lead the state’s efforts to support teachers, parents, and caregivers as they develop appropriate experiences for young children to help ensure success in kindergarten.
Jones has been in the field of early childhood for more than 20 years. Her background includes working in child care centers, opening a registered ministry, mentoring family child care providers, working at her regional Childcare Resource and Referral and First Steps as a Service Coordinator.
Jones is being hosted by Learning Link’s early childhood team, United Way of DeKalb County, and Early Childhood Alliance.
Learning Link’s early childhood development team has set its long-term outcome as increasing the percentage of DeKalb County children entering kindergarten screened as “ready” to learn from 38 percent in 2011 to 90 percent in 2015.
“Families, schools and communities all have a role to play in preparing young children for school success. Together, we can provide the environments and experiences that support all aspects of a child’s development, including the physical, social, emotional, language and literacy and cognitive development of infants, toddlers and preschool children,” said Sherry Grate, superintendent of DeKalb Central schools and Learning Link Steering Committee member.
Learning Link is an education initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation addressing continuous learning for people of all ages to improve the quality of life for all. The work is approached through three action teams — early childhood development, kindergarten-to-12th-grade education and adult lifelong learning.
To RSVP for Jones’ presentation Aug. 14 or to become involved with one of the Learning Link teams, call Judy Sorg, director of Learning Link, at the community foundation 925-0311, or e-mail JSorg@DeKalbFoundation.org