MCAN News and Meeting Reminders
"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to do so." -- Bill Vaughn

Warm wishes that your new year is off to a great start!
Upcoming Meetings and Events of Interest to MCAN Members:
Please Join Us ON January 14, 2020 -- County Commission Offices

IRC is working to create a "Children's Trust" and we need your support!
MCAN Bold Idea 5 member, Meredith Egan, COO of United Way, shared this exciting news and a request regarding the plans for a "Children's Trust" in Indian River County.

"We expect that there will be an agenda item at the January 14th BOCC meeting asking county staff to work on details for a potential referendum on the November 2020 ballot for a dedicated millage for a Children’s Trust of Indian River County. For those of you working with children and families we need your support!  

Please plan to come on the 14th to support this critical first step and invite your peers to do the same! (The meeting starts at 9 a.m. but when we get more details about the agenda I will let you know if there is a more precise time.) Share with your staff, board and clients, this will mean significant funding potential for community programs." - Meredith Egan
Reminder: 2020 MCAN Meetings
January 22, 2020: MCAN Meeting (SDIRC TEC, 8:30 am - 11:00 am)

February 4, 2020: Special MCAN Speaker Series - Discussion Meeting with Dr. Becky Bailey (SDIRC TEC, 8:15 am - 10:30 am)

February 26, 2020: MCAN Bold Idea Work Groups Meetings
March 25, 2020 : MCAN Meeting

April 29, 2020 : MCAN Meeting

May 27, 2020 : MCAN Meeting

June 24, 2020 : MCAN Meeting
ELC Sue Trew Book Signing
MCAN Partner Environmental Learning Center Hosts Book Reading Event - Sunday, January 12 (11 am - 12:30 pm)
The Environmental Learning Center is hosting a literacy event on Sunday, January 12, 2020!

Call the ELC to reserve your spot for a book reading with Sue Trew.

Visit for details.
EDUCATION WEEK: Free Online Webinar - "Getting Reading Right"

January 28, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm ET*

In this online summit, Education Week reporters and their expert guests will discuss the science behind how kids learn to read, as well as explore original survey data on what elementary teachers and education professors know and believe about early reading.

getting reading right
Learning to read is arguably the most important academic experience students will have during their school years. But it’s not a given.

The “nation’s report card” shows that just over a third of 4th graders are proficient readers. That’s despite decades of cognitive research specifying the skills students need to be taught to read fluently. So what’s happening in schools—and in teacher preparation—that’s making it so hard for some students to gain these foundational skills?

Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  

Register and engage in this rapid-learning session to glean leading-edge knowledge and acumen that will help you prepare for the future . . . because The Future Is Now.

This event will be hosted on the GoTo Webinar virtual platform. Contact Marie O'Brien if you'd like to view it together as a group.

FPP 20/20 Fifth Annual Online Conference - FREE

The Future Is Now: Leading-Edge Practices for Serving Your Community in 20/20

The fifth annual FPP Online Conference will feature numerous Guest Experts who will share their insights and initiatives that are defining the future of Financial Capability and Community Development in Florida and across the nation.

Sessions will include:

"From Moment to Movement: Using Strategic Relationships to Create Synergistic Outcomes"

"Burn the Seat! . . . and Create Your Own "Seat at the Table"

"Opportunities Through Collaboration"

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