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Early Learning Summits

Bright EYES is proud to host biennial Early Learning Summits for teachers, directors and staff from public, private and faith-based preschools across greater Longmont. These summits are held in the winter soon after the new year (workshops and a plenary problem-solving session) and the fall (networking and either a panel discussion or a plenary session).

Winter 2014 -Transition to Kindergarten

Friday, Febuary 21, 2014


1st Lutheran Church, 3rd Avenue and Terry Street

Lunch provided

Longmont is one of 6 communities across the nation participating in a Technical Assistance grant on Educational Alignment for Young Children. This is sponsored by the National League of Cities, Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Tonja Rucker from the Institute is coming to Longmont for our Early Learning Summit to facilitate a workshop on Transition to Kindergarten. We’ll take a look at best practices in other communities as well as within our own community, and we hope to finish the afternoon with a plan in place – something we all created, and something we all support.

Biography for Tonja Rucker
Tonja Rucker currently serves as the Principal Associate for Early Childhood Development in the Institute for Youth Education and Families at the National League of Cities. She is responsible for providing primary program support for the Institute’s work in areas related to early education. Tonja assist mayors, city council members, and other municipal officials in creating local systems of support for parents, children, and youth in their communities. By helping cities develop the necessary local infrastructure and providing concrete ideas and tools for policy and programmatic action, a significant number of cities and towns have positioned themselves as models for investing in children’s healthy growth and development. Prior to joining the NLC team, Tonja served as Transition Coordinator for Baltimore City Head Start and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. She serves on a variety of boards and committees, supporting and advising national and local work for young children. She has a doctorate in Human Development from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College.

Transition to Kindergarten Items Please review these models of Transition to Kindergarten tools, and pick the three to five that you like best and would use. We’ll use this as a launch pad for our workshop on Friday!


Call: 303-774-3762