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Speaker Series

Connecting for Kids Speaker Series

Join us for presentations on various childhood topics by local, pediatric professionals. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately.

These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Translation is also available.

Quick Info

Locations:
Elyria, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Solon and Westlake
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Important Notes:

  • Free, supervised children's activities are available with separate child registration. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please call 440-570-5908/para español 440-907-9130 or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Did you know?

Podcasts and presentations from previous speakers are available on our website. View the full list here.

Connecting for Kids Program Locations

Click the location name for address, map link and additional information.


Address: West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N. (map)



Address: Lakewood Public Library, Main Library, 15425 Detroit Ave. (map)



Address: Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 16699 Bagley Rd. (map)



Address: Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Parkway (map)



Address: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. (map)


    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Wearing masks, washing hands and hybrid schooling…did you know you can use social stories to teach your children what to do in a variety of situations including those we are facing right now amid the coronavirus pandemic? Join CFK Early Intervention professionals Paula C. Papp, M.A.Ed., and Neysa McKenney, M.A., CCC-SLP, as they explain how to use short stories with simple text and pictures to reinforce accepted and proper behavior for children ages 18 months – 6 years. Paula & Neysa will also answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with both our professionals and other families and will not be recorded. The first 20 households who register and sign on to Zoom will get a free social story kit for you to make your own at home.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. The Virtual Early Childhood Education Series is sponsored by the Westlake Early Childhood PTA.

    *One free giveaway per household*

    Due to grant funding, program is for Northeast Ohio residents only.



    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Problems come in all different shapes and sizes and can range from a small “glitch” to a huge catastrophe! As social thinkers, it is not only important to rate our problems but also to match our reaction to them in a socially appropriate way. Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, of Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC., will teach you skills to assist your child in determining how big or little a problem is and then know what strategies will work to help deal with that problem. This program is for parents and caregivers of children ages 7-12.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus at St. Ladislas. This program is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, program is for Northeast Ohio residents only.



    • 16 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Was the first quarter difficult for your child? Did you attend Parent-Teacher Conferences only to find that your child is falling behind academically, having behavioral issues or struggling socially? Join Connecting for Kids for this November check-in where our Family Resource Specialists will answer your questions, address your concerns and help locate resources for your family including local tutors, social skills groups, behavioral specialists, mental health counselors, pediatric providers and other services. You will also be able to network with other families that also have children who are struggling this year with the many changes both for in-person learning and those doing school virtually.

    This program will NOT be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, program is for Northeast Ohio residents only.



    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Did you know recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 young children can be at risk for developmental, behavioral or social delays? Are you concerned that your child's development may be behind? Join Morgan O'Leary, an outreach specialist from Help Me Grow at Bright Beginnings, as she provides information about developmental milestones for those birth through 3 years. She will also give parents and caregivers ideas of how to work with a child to help reach these milestones. In addition, Morgan will answer your questions, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with the professional and other families and will not be recorded.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. The Virtual Early Childhood Education Series is sponsored by the Westlake Early Childhood PTA.

    Due to grant funding, program is for Northeast Ohio residents only.



Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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