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Early Years

Who We Are

Organized in February 2016, the Early Years Coalition is compiled of professionals from various backgrounds including health care, education, childcare, and non-profit to collaborate resources and services addressing and breaking down barriers the community faces with the goal that children are ready to learn by the start of school.

The coalition meets monthly to generate strategies and implement action steps focused around childcare quality, community awareness, parent education, and family events.

Anyone with an interest in early childhood development is invited to join this coalition.


Did You Know...

  • One-third of children in families below the poverty threshold are read to daily.
  • Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood.
  • Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.
  • The Early Years Coalition’s goal is that children are ready to learn by the start of school focusing in promoting active play, role modeling, reading every day beginning at birth, joint interaction, soft skill development, and healthy habits.