Together with our partners, we’re implementing programs that sharpen parenting skills and connect families to better health care and nutrition, increasing the likelihood of long-term academic success for children.
The years prior to kindergarten are a critical point in a child’s development, but too many children in Southeastern Michigan lack the resources they need to succeed. Forty percent of children in our region are not ready to learn when they enter the kindergarten classroom.
With the help of a $6 million Social Innovation Fund grant we received in 2016, we’re working to change that. Together with our partners, we’re implementing programs that sharpen parenting skills and connect families to better health care and nutrition. As a result, their children’s developmental readiness will improve, increasing their likelihood of long-term academic success.
This work is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. SIF’s goal is to find what works and make it work for more people. The grant — which we also received in 2011 —requires us and our partners to match the funding. Through our SIF 2011 work, a $6 million grant turned into a $16 million investment in the community.