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Early Years

Who We Are

Since 2016, the Early Years Coalition has been focusing efforts on how to obtain the coalition’s goal, “Children are ready to learn by start of school.”  Early childhood educators, childcare providers, government agencies along with other non-profits have been collaborating and engaging in these conversations. The coalition has identified the following outcomes to work on throughout 2018:

  • Ready to Learn = Developing Social and Emotional skills through active play, joint interaction, role modeling and soft skills
  • Able to pass beginning of year 4K assessment
  • Increase community involvement in coalition
  • Increase awareness to community
  • Milestones for each year are created/determined by panel of professionals from the community (defining what it means to be ready)
  • Increase awareness of the coalition and its goal throughout the community
  • Increase free resources for parents to enhance social and emotional development for their child(ren)

Anyone with an interest in this topic is encouraged and welcomed to join us at the table for this work.

Coalition Members

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.