LaundryCares Literacy Summit

Free Virtual Series

Tuesday, Sept. 15th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
Thursday, Sept. 17th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd — 1-2:30pm EST / 10-11:30 am PST

Join Our Movement

The intersection of laundry and learning happens here.

Join us for our 3rd Annual LaundryCares Literacy Summit hosted by the LaundryCares Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative. Discover how laundromats can play an important role in promoting equity and increasing access to educational resources for children and families in local communities nationwide.

Advancing childhood literacy in everyday spaces

  • Learn how laundromats can be used to support early learning and strengthen communities.
  • Hear from national leaders on how to drive impact through innovative cross-sector partnerships.
  • Advance your knowledge in early literacy development by hearing from experts in the field.
  • Be the first to hear about new research findings from our latest study on literacy promotion through laundromats.
  • Network with passionate professionals to share ideas, best practices, and resources.
  • Get inspired and energized to make a difference in your community!

LaundryCares Literacy Summit Series

Each of the three virtual sessions is an opportunity to learn, share, and grow!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
  • Thursday, Sept. 17th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22nd — 1-2:30pm EST / 10-11:30 am PST

Register for all three sessions today for FREE by September 7, 2020.

Click the link below. 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors & Supporters

Packard Foundation
Allstate Insurance
Heising-Simons Foundation
Eastern Funding
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Lakeshore Learning

Featured Speakers

Schedule and lineup are subject to change.

President Clinton

President Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States; Founder & Board Chair
Clinton Foundation

Ralph Smith

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair,
Clinton Foundation

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

CEO,
Robin Hood Foundation

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Managing Director,
Campaign for
Grade Level Reading

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain

Chair, Board of Trustees
McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ralph Smith

Hon. Ramona Gonzalez

Immediate Past President,
National Council of Family & Juvenile Court Judges

Rosemarie Truglio

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio

Senior Vice President,
Curriculum & Content
Sesame Street

Dr. Susan Neuman

Dr. Susan Neuman

Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education,
NYU Steinhardt

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Andrea Davis Pinkney

New York Times
Bestselling Author

SESSION #1

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
1-2:45 pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST

Let’s Talk About Laundromats

Welcome

Brian Wallace, CEO
Coin Laundry Association

Opening Keynote

President Bill Clinton

Conversation Between President Clinton and Wes Moore

Wes Moore, CEO Robin Hood Foundation

Overview of Laundry Literacy Coalition Partnership

Patti Miller, Too Small to Fail
Jane Park, Too Small to Fail
Brian Wallace, Coin Laundry Association

Panel: Why Laundromats and Their Essential Role in a COVID World

Moderator: Brian Wallace
Brian Holland, Laundry Café (Philadelphia)

Jim Whitmore, WSI Laundry Corporation
Jane Wolfe, Wash World (New Orleans)

Panel: Community & Family Engagement Through Laundromats During COVID and Beyond

Moderator: Elliot Weinbaum, Program Director, William Penn Foundation
Rachel Stine, Book Harvest

Tarasa Lown, Greater Watertown
Community Health Foundation
Christine McCourtney, NOLA Public Library
Dea Wright, City of Milwaukee Office of Early Childhood Initiatives

Q&A and Wrap Up

Max Suzenaar

Networking: Coffee & Conversation

With Special Guest Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times Bestselling & Award-Winning Author
(2:45 – 3:30pm EST)

SESSION #2

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
1-2:45 pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST

Let’s Take Action

Welcome to Session 2

Brian Wallace
Max Suzenaar, Minding Your Business

Opening Keynote: Learning through Everyday
Moments and Creating
Educational Access for All

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Street

Research Presentation: Key Findings from an Evaluation
of Chicago Laundromats

Dr. Susan Neuman, New York University

Remarks by Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain, McCain Institute

Individual Track Sessions &
Action Planning

Laundromat Owners
Community Leaders
Laundry Industry Leaders

Q&A and Wrap Up

Max Suzenaar

Networking: Optional Film Screening of No Small Matter & Happy Hour

(4:00 – 5:00pm EST)

SESSION #3

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
1-2:30 pm ET / 10-11:30 am PST

Looking Ahead

Welcome and Key
Commitment Announcements

Brian Wallace

Opening Keynote and Awards

Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation

Conversation: Laundromats as a Solution to Creating a More Equitable, Caring, and Compassionate Society

Chelsea Clinton and The Honorable Judge Ramona Gonzalez, President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Closing Keynote

Ralph Smith, Campaign for Grade-Level
Reading

Conversation Between
Chelsea Clinton and Mo Willems

Chelsea Clinton
Mo Willems, New York Times
Bestselling Author

“Beloved Community”
Group Ideation

Max Suzenaar

Final Remarks and
Looking Ahead

Brian Wallace, Patti Miller, Jane Park Woo

Networking: Final Coffee & Conversation

(2:30 – 3:00pm EST)

LaundryCares Literacy Summit Series

Each of the three virtual sessions is an opportunity to learn, share, and grow!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
  • Thursday, Sept. 17th — 1-2:45pm EST / 10-11:45 am PST
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22nd — 1-2:30pm EST / 10-11:30 am PST

Register for all three sessions today for FREE by September 7, 2020.

Click the link below. 

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Hosted by the Laundry Literacy Coalition

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LaundryCares Foundation

Who Will Be There?

Literacy Summit 2019 attendees
  • Literacy professionals and organizations
  • Laundromat owners
  • Civic Groups
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  • Researchers and scholars
  • Early childhood education experts
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  • Architects & designers of child-friendly spaces
  • Funding Organizations

Make a Donation Today

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the LaundryCares Fountation to help support our mission via GoFundMe Charities.

What People Are Saying About Previous Summit Experiences

Everything about this summit was excellent! Well organized, top notch speakers, great vibe, excellent food – wow! I can’t wait until next year!

Book Harvest

The panelists who told stories of their work was practical, useful information that will help in our planning and work.

Minnesota Department of Education - State Library Services

The energy and motivation of everyone involved was really exciting.

The New York Public Library

This was an incredible convening of many different stakeholders all passionate about a single goal! So many rich conversations and evidence of a movement being built. Too short!

Bright By Three

The panels were so full of information that it had to be my favorite part as an information junkie BUT networking with the amazing participants was a very close second.

Elgin Partnership for Early Learning

The presentations about early childhood development and research project about literacy in laundromat spaces were extremely useful. They confirmed much of my experience offering a literacy space at a local library in Detroit.

Detroit Public Library

The diverse collection of thought leaders helped spark a lot of momentum.

Eastern Funding

My favorite aspect of the Summit was the opportunity to speak to others about the future opportunities. I loved that the summit was small enough to make meaningful, memorable connections.

The New York Public Library

Register to Attend

We invite you to use the form below to register yourself or yourself and a guest for the LaundryCares Literacy Summit 2020.
Please feel free to call us at 630-953-7920 with questions about this event.

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