For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It's a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.
The importance of working to create systems change in Michigan and the impact of the recently released “Evaluation of the Great Start Initiative” report will be two topics at this week’s Great Start Conference at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University.
When raising children, there are many areas of development to concentrate on and worry about. Experts in child development say children need stable, consistent and loving relationships. Following through with regular child visits, immunization and dental appointments are considered a must. In addition, nutrition choices should be varied, well balanced and healthy.
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The Great Start Collaboratives give communities a strong voice in the effort to create an early childhood development system that works for local families. Serving all counties and providing a foundation for the statewide Great Start initiative, the collaboratives bring together parents, educators and community leaders to make real and lasting change.
More than 25,000 volunteers statewide provide their unique personal perspective about the needs, experiences and challenges involved in raising young children. These voices are used to guide Great Start Collaboratives in policy, structure and programmatic changes to ensure that children and their families are able to access and effectively use services they need to prepare children for kindergarten.
Great Start to Quality Resource Centers work to assure effective regional implementation of Great Start to Quality, Michigan's quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool programs. The Resource Centers also help parents with resources to give all children a high quality early learning and care experience, and help providers and educators improve the quality of their care and programs.
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