By working collaboratively, the Marathon County Early Years Coalition will improve school readiness rates for children across the county.
- Completed an educational video for a car seat safety module to launch on RaiseGreatKids.org in 2017.
- Partnered to host two educational offerings for early childhood providers and caregivers:
- Early Childhood Conference featuring Linda DeMoe, Early Childhood Education instructor.
- 5-part Love & Logic educational series.
- As 1 of 6 partnerships in Wisconsin to receive State funding to encourage business and organizations to invest in early childhood priorities, ensured the below grant deliverables:
- With five local business champions, distributed Welcome Baby Bags to employees expecting a baby.
- Increased awareness among more than 100 community members, primarily business representatives ,on the return on investment of ensuring quality early starts for children through the Baby Business Event featuring highlights from the “Raising of America” documentary and speaker Rob Grunewald, Economist with Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
- http://www.raisegreatkids.org/ relaunched with a stronger emphasis on local resources, activities and events for children and families in Marathon County, incorporating resource information from United Way’s 2-1-1.
- Launched “Talk. Sing. Read. Play. Every Child. Every Day.” as core message to encourage action that supports early brain development.
On The Horizon
- Launch car seat safety module on RaiseGreat-kIds.org and continue development of modules for safe sleep and shaken baby syndrome.
- Engage local business partners in exploring family-friendly business policy and recognition of businesses who support their employees in their role as a parent.
- Broaden the community-wide awareness campaign on Talk•Sing•Read•Play•Every Child. Every Day.
- Research strategies and opportunities to increase family engagement and ensure support to families who are most vulnerable.
- Establish priorities for local quality child care considering access for families in need of care as well as support and professional development of child care providers.
*For information on programs that support children and families, call United Way’s 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255). You can also download a resource publication or search United Way’s 2-1-1 online database.
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