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Our Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) is a professional learning community working collaboratively in support of our Moonshot Moment goal - to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten and that 90% of our children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade!

Our framing question is:
"What does it take for IRC's community leaders to operate as a high-performing team such that we lead the way, are stronger together, inspired and unstoppable in taking a stand for children and thereby fueling our community's economic vitality?"
Upcoming MCAN Meetings
May 27, 2020 MCAN Meeting Zoom Invitation -
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Future MCAN Meetings:

June 24, 2020 : MCAN Meeting

July 6 - 11: National Summer Learning Week

Stay tuned for information about our annual Moonshot Summer Program Provider workshop, to be held via Zoom in early June.

We have received a special invitation from Barbara Patterson, the leadership speaker who presented to us at the March MCAN meeting, to attend the "Beyond Limits In Business" virtual summit. This event is oriented toward businesses and nonprofit organizations. We hope you can participate!
Barb Patterson seminar
Event: “Beyond Limits Virtual Summit”

Event Cost: Free

The program launched May 18 and is free through the rest of the week.

Barbara Patterson
Conversations That Transform
UPCOMING Grade Level Reading Events

March 26 : Creating the Conditions for Family Child Care to Thrive

Presenters: Jessica Sager and Natalie Vieira of All Our Kin. Commentator: Jerletha McDonald of Arlington DFW Childcare Professionals. 

COVID-related closures of schools, libraries, camps and afterschool programs have put learning in jeopardy for millions of children. Thousands of schools and early learning centers are now turning to internet-based tools to help their students and families stay connected to educational opportunities. This raises big issues of equity and inclusion: What if a child, parent, child care worker or teacher does not have easy access to the internet or has not been provided a chance to learn those tools? As many as  12 million  U.S. children  do not have broadband internet at home, according to government reports. And  data from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)  show that, in 462 U.S. cities, 20 percent of households or greater are unconnected. Perhaps even more important, training and mentoring on how to make the most of these connections to improve lives for young children and families are not readily available.
Please join us on  May 26, 3–4:30 p.m. ET , for a discussion that examines the current state of digital inequity in the United States and starts to unpack what this crisis means for early learners and their families. As these children are just starting to gain early literacy skills, they will need ample opportunities for tutoring, read-alouds and content-rich conversation to practice their language skills. Hear from national experts and community leaders about the scope, extent and dimensions as we continue to look for solutions to help bridge digital divides. Come with questions and on-the-ground stories for a much-needed discussion of digital equity issues made even more visible by the current crisis.

Recap of the April 29, 2020 Meeting
We had sixty people join the April 2020 MCAN meeting!

The meeting was recorded and is available on the Moonshot Moment channel at YouTube.

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