A number of positive activities are on the horizon for the Sunshine School & Development Center in Rogers.
The nonprofit organization offers a therapeutic preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years who have developmental delays or disabilities. The center also serves school-age children with outpatient therapies and provides community support for adults with disabilities in Benton and Washington counties.
Earlier this month, the Board of Directors introduced Jarrod Reeves as the school's new CEO. According to a news release, JoAnn Stevens, Board president, says Reeves' background in social services, leadership and finance will be important to the development center's strategic plan.
Enrollment is open for the 2021-22 school year. Nicole Bedard, director of children's services, says: "The growth and development of a child's brain in the first 5 years of life is critical. These early experiences and interactions form the foundation for future learning in children. Sunshine School & Development Center is honored to serve children 12 months to 6 years old in our Early Intervention Day Treatment Program. We have an integrated, collaborative, and individualized preschool program that uses an interdisciplinary model of educators, therapists, nurses and administration all working together to support our early learners."
A monthly online speaker series launched this past week and featured Julie Barber, Walmart, on "Women in the Workforce." Speakers planned for the coming months include Beth Ferrick and Tom McDonald of Bayer on "Culture as a Differentiator," 10 a.m. April 21; Vanessa Yates and Seth Malley, both of Walmart, "Getting Uncomfortable with Vanessa and Seth," 11: 30 a.m. May 18; and Ben Hasan, Walmart senior vice president and chief culture, diversity and inclusion officer, on a topic to be determined, 11:30 a.m. June 25. Tickets for each session are $25. Power of Inclusion sponsorship includes tickets for the series.
The school's Power of Inclusion virtual panel discussion is set for April 27. Organizers say the discussion will focus on "disability inclusion in the workplace. Latriece Watkins, Walmart, will moderate a discussion with companies who are champions for inclusion in their workforce and discuss ideas on how all organizations can become more inclusive."
The panel will feature Rachel Berger, dyslexia and literacy community consultant and assistive tech specialist at Microsoft Education; Peter Ramsey, vice president and head of GSK consumer healthcare research and development, the Americas; and Yuri Hermida, executive vice president of North American hygiene, Reckitt Benckiser. Individual tickets are $50, and sponsorships are available.
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At a Glance
Sunshine School & Development Center
Monthly Speaker Series
What: Corporate executives will focus remarks on diversity and inclusion.
When: 10 a.m. April 21; 11:30 a.m. May 18; and 11:30 a.m. June 25
Tickets: $25; sponsorships are available
Power of Inclusion Virtual Panel
What: Latriece Watkins will moderate a discussion with companies who are champions for inclusion in their workforce and discuss ideas on how all organizations can become more inclusive.
When: 11 a.m. April 27
Tickets: $50; Power of Inclusion sponsorship includes tickets for the speaker series.
Information: (479) 636-3190 or nwaSunshineSchool.org