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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 2020 Report Card – Captures the work carried out by the TFEC Early Education Initiative in 2020.


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.

Early Education Advisory Committee Members

Chair: Carolyn Dumaresq

First Name Last name  Organization
Kathleen Bentley Perry County Literacy Council 
Judy Blust Community Volunteer
Eric Bostick  Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Tia  Bruner Early Education Center of Perry County
Carolyn Dumaresq Immaculata University 
Karen  Grimm-Thomas Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Brenda Hanthorn Adjunct Instructor, Penn State University
Shawnee Hooper  Capital Area Head Start
Kimberly Istvan United Way of the Capital Region 
Hannah Killian Dauphin County Library System
Nicole Lehr Hamilton Health Center 
Andrea Lown Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Jesse  McCree SCPa Works  
Lynda  Morris Partnership for Career Development 
Erica Nemzek Waynesboro Area School District
Karen  Quinn United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County
Amy  Reed Cumberland/Perry MH/IDD Program
Christy Renjilian Child Care Consultants, Inc.
Annette Searfoss First Start Partnerships for Children and Families
Brittney Watson Shippensburg Head Start
Tamara Willis Susquehanna Township School District


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