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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...

  • The Early Years Coalition’s goal is that children are ready to learn by start of school, focusing on promoting active play, role modeling, reading every day beginning at birth, joint interaction, soft skill development, healthy habits, and supporting parents and caregivers.
  • Parents/guardians of children ages birth-4 will have the opportunity to participate in the Born Learning Academy, beginning in 2018.  This FREE program provides tools and resources to help parents learn how to turn everyday moments into teachable ones to enhance school readiness.
  • In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second (in the brain).
  • Between 9.5 and 14.2 percent of children between birth and five years of age experience social-emotional problems that negatively impact their functions, development and school-readiness.
  • Children’s academic success at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3.