Char-Em Great Start Collaborative Pizza Box Presentation


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  • Children need the basics of life to thrive and survive. One abused child in our community is one too many. Approximately 225 children were substantiated victims of abuse or neglect in our three counties. All three of our counties are above the state rate of births that are paid for by Medicaid. The number of children 0-5 needing food assistance in each of our three counties has risen for three years in a row. Children need the basics of life to thrive and survive. One abused child in our community is one too many. Approximately 225 children were substantiated victims of abuse or neglect in our three counties. All three of our counties are above the state rate of births that are paid for by Medicaid. The number of children 0-5 needing food assistance in each of our three counties has risen for three years in a row.
  • The brain is a remarkable tool and there is technology available that let’s us see activity within the brain. These are images of the synapses or “connectors” in a child’s brain at various ages. As a result of new information, the baby’s brain grows by creating more synapses or connections to make sense of this information. As you can see in these images, many new connections have been made by only 3 months of age. Each new synapse leads to additional synapses, helping the baby become more and more capable . By 24 months of age, the number of connections has increased tremendously! By 6 years of age, the synapses or “connectors” begin to decrease. Those that are not used or stimulated are “pruned” in order to make the brain more efficient. number of factors before and after the birth of a child can create challenges to their development and school readiness. Before the birth of a child, the developing brain architecture of a fetus can be disrupted by poor maternal nutrition, exposure to a variety of hazardous substances and the adverse physiological effects of a pregnant woman’s chronic stress. Access to prenatal health care can help identify such high-risk circumstances and provide a vehicle for addressing hazards to healthy brain development in a preventive fashion. After birth, providing access to a regular and affordable source of primary health care for mothers, infants and children is important in helping to prevent threats to the child’s healthy development, as well as provide early detection and intervention for concerns that could lead to more serious problems later in a child’s physical, developmental and mental health. Therefore, it is more difficult to learn new things as there are fewer synapses available, and fewer new connections can be made.
  • When you look at the rate at which neurons develop in children it is evident that a child’s emotional well being is directly connected to their healthy development.
  • High quality child care and early education experiences are critical to every young child’s development.   Children who have high quality child care and preschool experiences, including support for health and emotional well-being, are more successful in later school years, are less likely to repeat a grade, are more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and become productive citizens
  • Notice the temporal lobes (the circled areas). The temporal lobe is responsible for many functions such as acting in a socially acceptable manner and controlling one’s emotions. The temporal lobes of the healthy child show much more activity (the red and yellow shows activity) which in this case means greater capability. Notice the brain stem at the back of the brain. The brain stem is responsible for many functions including the “flight and flight” response for survival. The brain stem of the neglected child shows much more activity. This increased activity actually interferes with the child’s ability to learn. The child’s brain is so focused on safety/survival that it is difficult to focus on learning. Overall, there is much more activity (color) in the desirable areas of the brain of a healthy child. This indicates a greater capacity for learning. A child’s environment does impact brain development. So, knowing this information about early brain development, what do children need in order to achieve optimal brain development?..............
  • Where do we invest our money? This graph shows that most public funding is spent after a child reaches the age of 5. However, the greatest amount of brain growth (i.e. learning) happens before the age of 5. We need to re-think where we are spending our limited, public funds. We need to invest more resources during the first 5 years of life.
  • From the workplace perspective investing in early childhood makes sense, too. Employees are coming to the workplace highly educated and trained.
  • Char-Em Great Start Collaborative Pizza Box Presentation

    1. 1. The Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition Have a Slice Pizza Box Presentation
    2. 2. Everyone Loves Pizza and Children <ul><li>The Great Start Collaborative was formed in March, 2006 from a project grant awarded to our community from the state Early Childhood Investment Corporation. </li></ul><ul><li>Our vision and mission are designed to further the well-being of 0-5 year olds and their families in our community. </li></ul>
    3. 3. All Slices Created Equal <ul><li>The youngest children of our community and their families need our attention, ideas, and focus. </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and northern Antrim counties is committed to analyzing this data and recommending change and action to improve the statistics of our community. </li></ul>
    4. 4. 5 Slices to Great Start For Kids <ul><li>Family Support </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric and Family Health </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Emotional Health </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Child Care and Early Education </li></ul><ul><li>Eat. Learn. Invest. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Family Support <ul><li>Family Support initiatives help parents develop and use available </li></ul><ul><li>resources that enable them to nurture and support the healthy </li></ul><ul><li>development of their children. Family support services range from </li></ul><ul><li>Providing information about early learning, to helping families to access </li></ul><ul><li>economic security benefits and connect with other families and </li></ul><ul><li>community services. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pediatric and Family Health Neuron Development 6 Year Old 24-Month Old Baby Newborn Baby 3 Month Old Baby Source: Magic Trees of the Mind. 1999 These are images of the synapses or “connectors” in a child’s brain at various ages. Borrowed from the Shiawassee GSC
    7. 7. Pediatric and Family Health <ul><li>Healthy children and families are a goal of the Great Start system. Our three counties are above the state average in immunizing our young children. </li></ul><ul><li>The areas of need in physical health reside in women who are smoking during pregnancy. All counties are higher than the state average of 14.4%. Also high is the percentage of children that are enrolled in publicly assisted health care insurance programs. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Social and Emotional Health <ul><li>A growing body of evidence shows that emotional development begins early in life and is a critical aspect of the development of a child’s overall brain architecture, with enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. A child’s emotional well-being and social competence provide a strong foundation for emerging cognitive abilities, and together they are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development.  </li></ul><ul><li>High day care expulsion rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Map shows low investment in social and emotional health services for the Char-Em district. </li></ul><ul><li>Two out of three of our counties are equal to or higher than the state level of children 0-5 in foster care </li></ul>
    9. 9. Parent Leadership <ul><li>Parenting Leadership in the Great Start System is a continuum of services and supports ranging from parent education for parents in the critical role they play in the healthy development of their infants and other young children, to parents as leaders who advocate for their own children as well as the needs of other young children. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Child Care and Early Education <ul><li>63-70% of all 0-6 year olds have both parents in the labor force. Where do the children stay and what is the quality of that care? </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 38 licensed child care centers in our three counties only FOUR are accepting infants in September of 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>The percent of 3-6 year olds receiving special education is rising in two of three of our counties. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Take -A- Bite <ul><li>Every day in Michigan 3 infants die. </li></ul><ul><li>1,000 Michigan toddlers tested for lead poisoning in 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>The Michigan based preschool program titled, Great Start School Readiness helps provide 30,000 Michigan children with preschool. Our legislation slashed this for the 2010 fiscal year impacting 365 children, their families and teachers for our district. </li></ul><ul><li>National data show that most mental health services to preschoolers ages 0–5 are primarily funded by Medicaid. In Michigan nearly 1,800 Medicaid-enrolled children under the age of 3 received mental health services in 2007, up slightly from the two previous years when 1,600 received such services. This number represents less than 1 percent of children in that age group, well below the estimated need. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>County # of children under 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Antrim 1,325 </li></ul><ul><li>Charlevoix 1,691 </li></ul><ul><li>Emmet 1,944 </li></ul><ul><li>Total 4,960 </li></ul><ul><li>census data 2000 </li></ul>
    13. 13. Take -A- Bite <ul><li>Examples of Collaboration… </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Early Childhood Brochure – January-June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stones To School – ongoing projects and publications 2007/2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Early Literacy Training for CharEm ISD personnel – August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Millett Presentation with special guest Judy Samelson– October, 2006 Community Engagement - 40 attendees. </li></ul><ul><li>HSCB Information Summit – September 2006, September 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Millett Presentation – February, 2007- Sponsored by all five local area chambers of commerce. 60 attendees. </li></ul><ul><li>Petoskey Health Fair – April 2007, 2008, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Preschool Positive Behavior Collaborative/Care Giver Survey- June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ECIC Foundation Luncheon - Presenter </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Winer Community Collaboration Presentation – June 2007 </li></ul>
    14. 14. Collaboration Continued <ul><li>Window cling project with DHS – June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Community and Agency Focus Groups – June-Aug 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning Sessions – August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Charlevoix/Emmet County Fair – August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>HSCB Information Summit – September 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Hero Party with CharEm ISD – September 2007/Feb. 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Early Childhood Brochure Jan-June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Community Presentations w/ multiple agencies & organizations. 2006-2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Early On Early Childhood Directory – July 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Mackrain – DECA training – August 2007 - 15 attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Resource Center Playgroup Awareness materials – August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Finance Project – June-Current – 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Community Parent Survey – August 2007 </li></ul>
    15. 15. Collaboration Continued <ul><li>Teen Parent Presentation – September 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>If I Only Had a Brain – Conference – March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Speed of Trust Presentation – November 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting Expo Charlevoix Hospital -2008/2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Halloween Costume Exchange -2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Project Connect Provided $500 for Diapers – February 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Network Brochures -2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Fight Investment Fight Crime Roundtable Discussion – Participant June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Health Department/Free health care brochures - June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Festival on the Bay Sponsorship and booth - August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Community Coffee Hour - August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Native American Babies Conference Sponsorship - April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting Magazine Sponsorship for outreach – September 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development Sponsorship for collaborative members provided – September 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>GSRP Teacher training luncheon – September 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Human Services Information Summit – participant for September 2009 </li></ul>
    16. 16. Our Partners and Members <ul><li>Parents of young children in Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim Counties </li></ul><ul><li>Antrim County Early Childhood Partnership Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Boyne Area Ministerial Association </li></ul><ul><li>Charlevoix/Emmet Department of Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District </li></ul><ul><li>Child Abuse Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties </li></ul><ul><li>Early On </li></ul><ul><li>Emmet County Board of Commissioners </li></ul><ul><li>Emmet County Probate Court </li></ul><ul><li>Friendship Centers of Emmet County </li></ul><ul><li>Health Department of Northwest Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix and Emmet County </li></ul><ul><li>MSU Extension (Antrim County) </li></ul><ul><li>MSU Extension (Charlevoix County) </li></ul><ul><li>MSU Extension (Emmet County) </li></ul><ul><li>North Central Michigan College </li></ul><ul><li>North Country Community Mental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Michigan Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Michigan Human Services Agency – Head Start/Early Head Start </li></ul><ul><li>Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Public Schools of Petoskey </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Network (previously Stepping Stones to School) </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Boyne USA Resorts </li></ul><ul><li>Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Charlevoix Library </li></ul><ul><li>North Country Kids Childcare </li></ul>Your name could be added!
    17. 17. Investing In Children 0-5 <ul><li>Help us in making and delivering some great </li></ul><ul><li>success stories for children 0-5 and their </li></ul><ul><li>families. </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: Attend our meetings; help us develop a strategic plan; complete tasks and goals; advocate and collaborate on issues surrounding 0-5 families and their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporters: Organization, business or family helps advocate; connect and educate other on the GSC mission and vision; fiscally support segments or portions of the GSC strategic plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Partners and Supporters are appreciated, valued, </li></ul><ul><li>recognized and needed. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Healthy Child Neglected Child Temporal lobes Red and yellow indicate activity Red=most activity Brain stem Healthy Child Neglected Child 85% of a child’s brain is developed before they are 5 years of age Borrowed from the Shiawassee GSC
    19. 19. Where Do We Invest Our $$$ Today? Borrowed from the Shiawassee GSC
    20. 20. <ul><li>Develops quality workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces cost of training and retraining </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces absenteeism on the job </li></ul><ul><li>Increases worker productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Increases decision making abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Increases home ownership and financial responsibility </li></ul>Benefits of Investing in Quality Early Childhood Development Positive Impact on Workplace Borrowed from the Shiawassee GSC
    21. 21. What Are We Doing in Emmet, Charlevoix and northern Antrim counties? <ul><li>Great Start Collaborative – Coordinates Early Childhood initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Early On ® - Serves children 0-3 with medical/health and or developmental delays </li></ul><ul><li>Head Start – Offers free preschool for income eligible 3-5 year olds </li></ul><ul><li>Great Start Readiness Programs – Offers free preschool for qualifying 4 year olds. </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Resource Center – Offers free playgroups for children and families 0-4 years of age. </li></ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul>We have several programs and services that are trying to meet the needs of young children and their families. For more information on any of these programs or services call 1.877.866.3714
    22. 22. Please help us in making sure there is always enough “pizza” to go around when it comes to our kids. Sharing, loving and caring for our youngest citizens helps to create a more secure workforce in coming years as well as safer, healthier and happier communities. Contact Sommer Poquette at [email_address] Or visit for more information.