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Hudson -- Think kids in August. Mayor William Currin proclaimed August as "Kids Month" at the July 16 Council meeting.
The city of Hudson recognizes the importance of early childhood care, education, health, behavioral health, family support, special needs and early intervention. By ensuring kindergarten readiness, the city and its schools are investing in the future prosperity of its community because high quality, early childhood education is a critical component of K-12 success and is instrumental in cultivating a skilled workforce, according to the proclamation.
The city's announcement is in conjunction with the county's proclamation that August 2014 is "Kids Month" with plans for a different theme each week. Kindergarten Readiness week is Aug. 3 - 9; Child Wellness week is Aug. 10-16; Family week is Aug. 17-23; and Child Safety week is Aug. 24-30.
Health and wellness programs strive to ensure that comprehensive physical and mental health needs of children in Summit County are being addressed, Currin said.
The Summit For Kids Professional Day Symposium "Cradle to Career" is Aug. 1 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Derran Wimer, who accepted the Hudson proclamation, is the executive director for Summit Education Initiative and will be a speaker at the symposium. Matthew Deevers, PhD, senior research associate for Summit Education Initiative, will be the other speaker. Registration, which is due by July 25, is $50 and includes lunch and parking.
The 5th Annual Summit for Kids Expo is Aug. 2 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in Akron. The Expo is for families with school-age children. They can enjoy fun and educational activities, receive free back-to-school supplies and obtain information on programs and series in Summit County.
The Expo connects families with businesses, organizations and agencies that focus on children's programming, health, education, activities and entertainment, Currin said.
Some of the programs include promotion and implementation of strategies through the Safe Routes to Schools Program, Cribs for Kids, Safe Sitters and the proper use of car seats and bike helmets to help reduce preventable injuries to children.
Summit County and Hudson, through the proclamations and Kids Month, show a commitment to reduce infant mortality in Summit County, Currin said. Ohio has the 11th worst infant mortality rate in the nation for babies of all races and the second worst infant mortality rate in the nation for African American babies.
The First Things First Initiative strives to make a difference in the quality of life, health, well-being and education of children in Summit County, he added.
More information is available at www.summitcountyfirstthingsfirst.com or www.summitforkids.net.
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