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Early Education Initiative

The mission of the TFEC Early Education Initiative is to cultivate, convene, and strengthen community opportunities for growth, safety, and wellness for all children, now and for future generations. 

Our Focus

The TFEC Early Education Initiatives believes

  • Children are at the center of the communities we serve.
  • Investing in resources that support children, strengthens our area communities for everyone.
  • Working together to build empowered, resilient, and collaborative communities in which children can live, learn, and grow is essential to the success and health of our region.

Guided by the expertise of the TFEC Early Education Advisory Committee, consisting of early childhood stakeholders who jointly represent the assets and needs of children and early childhood professionals within our area communities, from 2018-2020, the TFEC Early Education Initiative will address school readiness, trauma informed community, and workforce development.

Learn more about the TFEC Early Education Initiative by downloading and sharing the following documents:

TFEC Early Education Initiative – A one page overview of the TFEC Early Education Initiative.

Area of Focus: School Readiness – A one page overview of the TFEC Early Education Initiative’s work focusing on School Readiness 

Area of Focus: Trauma Informed Community – A one page overview of the TFEC Early Education Initiative’s work focusing on Trauma Informed Community

TFEC Early Education Initiative 2019 Report Card – Captures the work carried out by the TFEC Early Education Initiative in 2019.


2021 Early Learning Conference

Join us for the VIRTUAL Early Learning Conference!

Transition: A Smoother Entry into Kindergarten and Beyond.

Who Should Attend

All those serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg Area in the following roles:

  • Early Childhood Providers
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • Childcare Center Directors
  • Elementary Principals
  • School District Administration
  • Superintendents
  • Family Engagement Specialists
  • Community Partners
  • School Counselors or Social Workers
  • Infant and Toddler Teachers
  • After School Program Coordinators


Keynote Speaker: David Jacobson

David Jacobson, a nationally recognized expert and innovator in education reform, brings deep experience in early childhood education, school improvement, applied research, strategic planning, collective impact, place-based initiatives, and addressing inequality. He designed and leads EDC’s First 10 initiative, which supports school-early childhood-community partnerships to improve outcomes for children ages birth through 10 and their families.



This conference was developed through the work of TFEC’s Early Education Initiative, Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13, South Middleton School District, the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County, PNC, and the Waynesboro Area School District

Act 48 hours will be offered. 

Questions? Call Leslie Fick or Jeanne Predmore, TFEC Early Education Specialists, at 717.236.5040.


School Readiness

Empower caregivers, connect educators, and deepen resources that help children enter school ready to learn. 

For more resources for School Readiness, click here.

Trauma Informed Community

Foster trauma informed education, practices, and resiliency resources that impact a child’s ability to grow up happy, healthy, and safe.

For more resources for a Trauma Informed Community, click here.

Workforce Development

Fuel cross-sector collaboratives that recognize access to early learning as crucial to the development of a future ready workforce. 

For more resources for Workforce Development, click here.


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