This month Envision Utah was thrilled to host Marissa Kaiser of the Bezos Family Foundation. Marissa is Program Manager for the early learning platform Vroom.
Our education program staff took Marissa on site visits to several locations throughout the valley where we're concentrating our early learning efforts.
At a meeting with Father Diaz, Rector and Pastor of The Cathedral of the Madeleine, Marissa learned about our efforts to develop an early learning curriculum for parents who attend the Church's young parent and baptismal classes.
With Brenda Van Gorder, Director of Granite School District Preschool Services, we talked about our pilot efforts at the preschool. At back-to-school-night earlier this year, teachers sat down with parents to talk about early learning principles and encourage Vroom app downloads.
And with Dr. R. Neal Davis, a pediatrician with IHC, we learned about some of our successes—his patients have been hearing about Vroom from their preschool teachers—and talked about how we can build early learning and Vroom into interactions between pediatricians and parents.
Throughout her visit, Marissa commented how impressed she was with
the collaborative nature of Utahns
and our willingness to work together to achieve our goal
. She also met with
early learning group to learn about our plans for the future.
Stay tuned for more updates as we work to create a cultural shift around early learning throughout the state!