Cuyahoga County
Directors' Community of Practice

Calling all Child Care Directors in Cuyahoga County!

Starting Point hosts Cuyahoga County Directors of child care programs in quarterly networking and learning sessions called “Directors’ Community of Practice.” All Directors of child care programs are welcome, but registering is highly encouraged. Check out this year’s themes and event dates, below, and keep an eye out for updates on future programs. 

Literacy In Action

Thursday May 2, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Starting Point Headquarters, Founder’s Room

6001 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio 44103

Join us on Thursday, May 2nd at our Cuyahoga County headquarters in Midtown for our “Literacy In Action” Directors’ Community of Practice meeting! 

Guest Speakers

Joan Spoerl, Literacy Cooperative, Director of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Joan Spoerl has been advocating for practices and policies to optimize young children’s well-being for thirty years. She currently works for The Literacy Cooperative as Director of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Before coming to Northeast Ohio from Chicago, she taught kindergarten for 10 years in a NAEYC-accredited hospital-based child care center and then taught Head Start and preschool in the Chicago Public SchoolsShe was a finalist for the Kohl-McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award and was chosen as the featured teacher in Voices for Illinois Children’s Start Early: Learning Begins at Birth prime-time television and radio advertising campaign. She previously served on the boards of NAEYC affiliates in Chicago and Cleveland and currently serves on the board of the Black Child Development Institute of Ohio.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University.

Register now!

Email Amanda Santiago at by May 1st. 

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