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Savannah Early Childhood Foundation Announces New Board Members

January 29, 2016 | Posted by pfisher

January 29, 2016
Organization adds board members from local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs to oversee expansion of Early Learning College program
SAVANNAH, GA – The Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) is pleased to announce its new slate of executive officers and operating board members for 2016. The new board members, many of whom are associated with local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, will oversee the expansion of SECF’s signature initiative, Early Learning College at Parent University.
In 2016, retired Dow Chemical executive Paul Fisher (Rotary South) and retired IBM executive Tom Sharp (Skidaway Island Kiwanis) will continue to serve as President and Vice President, respectively. Morgan Stanley Senior Vice President Morgan McAlpin (Rotary South) will join the board of directors as Secretary. And retired Gulfstream executive Don Mayer will continue his role as SECF Treasurer.
The remaining SECF board of directors for 2016 are:

  • Anthony Cook (Rotary South)
  • Ginger Duncan (Rotary East)
  • Susan Kleine (Skidaway Island Rotary)
  • Rick Monroe (Rotary Club of Savannah)
  • Laura Moore (Rotary West)
  • Jack Reese (Kiwanis Downtown)
  • Ron Weber (Skidaway Island Kiwanis)

“We’re thrilled to have such a distinguished group of community leaders on board as we work to expand Early Learning College to meet growing demand from parents in the neighborhoods we serve,” said Savannah Early Childhood Foundation President Paul Fisher.
“ELC is filling a critical gap that has existed for some time, and this year we hope to do even more to help ensure all Savannah children are ready for school by giving more local parents access to proven techniques for helping their children succeed in school and in life,” said Parent University founder and Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) Executive Director Michael O’Neal.
Launched in 2012, Early Learning College offers local parents, caretakers and supporters of young children, from birth to age three, an opportunity to learn from professional instructors about proven ways to enrich their child’s development and better prepare them for school.
Developed and conducted in partnership with local community and public service organizations, including Parent University, Early Start Child Care Resource and Referral, Wesley Community Center and the Lady Bamford Center, each ELC session is four hours long and free to the public. The curriculum includes subjects like discipline with love, nutrition, multiple ways to create language-rich environments, how to create educational toys from common household goods, and much more. Anyone interested in creating a safe, nurturing, language-rich environment for young children in their neighborhood is encouraged to attend.
The schedule of upcoming Early Learning College sessions is as follows:
Early Learning College (Brock Elementary)
February 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Otis J. Brock, III Elementary, 1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, GA 31401 

Early Learning College (Shuman Elementary)
February 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shuman Elementary, 415 Goebel Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404 

Parent University Winter Session
March 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Alfred E. Beach High School, 3001 Hopkins St, Savannah, GA 31405

Early Learning College (Haven Elementary)
April 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Haven Elementary, 5111 Dillon Ave, Savannah, GA 31405 

Early Learning College (Spencer Elementary)
April 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spencer Elementary, 100 Bouhan St, Savannah, GA 31404 

Parent University Spring Session
April 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Savannah High School, 400 Pennsylvania Ave, Savannah, GA 31419 

Early Learning College (Brock Elementary)
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Otis J. Brock, III Elementary, 1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, GA 31401 

Early Learning College (East Broad K-8)
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
East Broad K-8 School, 400 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401 
CONTACT: Paul Fisher, 912.598.4345,
About the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation: Established in 2011, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) is a first-of-its-kind 501c3 organization, working to stitch together community resources to ensure that all Savannah children are ready for school. Combining public and private resources, SECF is uniquely focused on helping parents create high quality learning environments for their children starting at birth through age five. In partnership with Parent University and other community partners, SECF has developed and operates multi-session Early Learning College programs for parents in several neighborhoods throughout the city. To learn more about our community-based, parent-centric approach to early childhood development, visit
About Parent University: Founded in 1999, Parent University is a 501c3 community collaborative that supports Savannah area families. This initiative promotes life-long learning and community building, encouraging parent involvement and participation in the education of our community’s children and youth. In our advanced society, each of us needs to keep abreast of new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. Parent University has provided a way. Learn more: