Monday, January 25, 2010

FREE Family Fun Days hosted by Panera Bread 2/13 3/13 4/10 5/8 6/12 9/11 10/9 11/13 12/11

Panera Bread and United Way for Southeastern Michigan Team Up to Host FREE Family Fun Days

Panera Bread has partnered with Early Learning Communities, a United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) program, to provide free educational activities and information for children and their parents on the second Saturday of each month during the school year.

Early Learning Communities is a network of neighborhood-based hubs providing free training and resources to parents and caregivers of children aged birth to five.

From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on select dates, children will participate in educational crafts and reading activities. While the children play, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the Early Learning Communities program and how to best prepare children for school. The events are open to all ages.

The Early Learning Communities was started to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Research shows that the first three years of life are critical to a child’s ultimate success in school and in life, making it an important time to intervene to guarantee long-term achievement.

“Studies have shown that children who can’t read by first grade will spend their entire lifetime catching up,” said Annemarie Harris, director of early childhood initiatives for UWSEM. “In partnership with Panera Bread, we hope to bring families together to discuss how parents can get their children ready for school.”

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation® partner in metro Detroit. For all donations made to Panera’s Community Breadbox, located near the registers, Panera matches a portion back to UWSEM.

Panera Family Fun Day dates and locations:

Feb. 13 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Rochester Hills, 2508 S. Adams Rd.

March 13 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Southgate, 13665 Eureka Rd.

April 10 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera locations:
Dearborn Heights, 26580 Ford Rd.
Sterling Heights, 36808 Van Dyke Ave.
Livonia, 37091 Six Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, 37611 Twelve Mile Rd.
Allen Park, 3112 Fairlane Dr.

May 8 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Roseville, 31960 Gratiot Ave.

June 12 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Southfield, 23719 Greenfield Rd. (between 9½ Mile and Greenfield, located in a shopping plaza)

Sept. 11 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera locations:
Woodhaven, 23061 Allen Rd.
Troy, 823 East Big Beaver Rd. (located in the Troy Commons Plaza)

Oct. 9 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Livonia, 28551 Schoolcraft Rd.

Nov. 13 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera location:
Farmington Hills – KT Plaza, 34635 Grand River Ave.

Dec. 11 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera locations:
Orion, 4804 S. Baldwin Rd.
Canton, 41950 Ford Rd.

For more information on Family Fun Days and the Early Learning Communities program, visit

1 comment:

  1. I just went to the Panera family fun day in Rochester Hills, MI on Adams. My children never wanted to leave. The activities were fun, story teller was engaging and the workers were awesome. I am going to travel around to all of these events every month. ++++++++++ Loved it!!!!