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October 22, 2013

United Way holds economic summit on early childhood

- — Dr. Barbara Minzenberg, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, will be the keynote speaker at the United Way of Mercer County’s 4th Annual Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment.

Minzenberg will present, “The Link between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Early Childhood and Global Competitiveness.’’

The event is set for 8 a.m. Thursday at Case Avenue Elementary School in Sharon.

The early childhood summit provides a forum for area business leaders to better understand that high-quality early learning programs result in substantial economic development benefits to our region. This year, Mercer County business leaders, along with civic and educational leaders, will participate in the seminar.

Nancy Lukasko, United Way of Mercer County’s Success By 6 liaison, will welcome the group and introduce the summit presenters.

Other speakers will be

• State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-7th District, Hermitage, who is a member of the Early Childhood Education Caucus.

• Randy Seitz, Penn-Northwest Development Corp.’s executive director. He will present the “Make It in Mercer County’’ campaign and emphasize the importance of education in a good economy.

• Dr. William Gathers, Mercer Area School District superintendent, will present an overview “Dispelling the Fade-Out Myth.’’ The overview looks at a five-year study that followed pre-kindergarden students who participated in United Way’s Success By 6 summer program.

• Quaker Steak and Lube, Highmark subsidiary Keystone Health Plan West, and Synergy Comp Insurance Co. will be honored for their contributions toward early education scholarships through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

To register call: 724-981-1884

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