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Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Early Childhood Coalition of Anne Arundel County are co-sponsoring an Early Childhood Summit from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, at Old Mill High School. The theme of the summit is “What Every Child Needs: Collaborating for School Readiness.”

The free summit is geared toward parents, child-care providers, and early childhood educators and service providers, as well as community stakeholders who work with children from birth to age 5.

The morning will begin with a keynote address, “Right From the Start: Building Great Brains from Birth to Age Five,” delivered by Shauna King. It will be followed by a panel discussion with a group of experts who have a variety of perspectives on school readiness. Panelists include: Liz Barclay, head of the National Child Research Center in Washington D.C.; Jake Greenspan, co-founder and co-director of The Floortime Center in Bethesda; Dr. Rhonda Kindred, director of Anne Arundel County Head Start; Debbie Langer, executive director of Arundel Child Care Connections; Susan Magsamen, director of interdisciplinary partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Lisa Rice, principal of Ferndale Early Education Center. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

Conference registration can be completed online at or by calling 800-485-0041.

Continuing education credits will be available through Anne Arundel Community College on the day of the summit for a charge of $5.00 (cash or check). AACPS early childhood educators and support staff can register through ERO.

Registration and light refreshments will begin at 8 a.m.