Summit Educational Service Center (ESC), in collaboration with the Department of Job and Family Services, will host a Preschool Parent Education Night for all families with preschool-age children in Cuyahoga Falls. The event will take place on March 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Summit Christian School's gymnasium, located at 2800 13th St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Summit ESC's Student Services Coordinator Kristen Nowak has been working with Bill Macchione, Summit County Fatherhood Initiative's coordinator, on identifying ways to reach fathers who may be uninvolved or need support within the Cuyahoga Falls City School District. The initiative is sponsored through the Department of Job and Family Services.

Nowak also worked with staff members of the Summit ESC's preschool program in Cuyahoga Falls, located at the former Newberry School building, on brainstorming ways to reach fathers.

The night will include three presenters covering important topics of interest. Macchione will be presenting on Fatherhood and Seven Traits of Fatherhood; Barb Werstler, Manager of Child Guidance and Family Solutions, will be presenting on The First 2000 Days; and staff members from the Cuyahoga Falls Library will be presenting on early literacy in the home setting.

A spaghetti dinner will also be provided. Food was donated by the Summit ESC preschool staff, and additional donations were made by Acme Supermarkets and Giant Eagle in Cuyahoga Falls. Child care will be provided for children ages 3 and older. Families are encouraged to RSVP to their respective preschool teacher at Newberry School or with Brandie Kresowaty, Preschool Secretary, by phone at 330-945-5600, ext. 511259 or by email at

Additionally, all Newberry preschool staff will be on-site to answer questions.

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