We envision a world where families, healthcare professionals, preschool teachers, principals, policymakers, community leaders, and neighbors work together to give every child what they need to learn and grow.
It's our job to connect the right people and organizations to create this strong network of support for families in our priority population.
Our Guiding Principles
Developed by the Parent Accountability Council
We have a priority population.We focus on children who are called “at risk” but who are really “full of promise.”
We work for equity. We make the invisible visible.
We are parent-centered. There is nothing done about us without us.
We create family engagement. We support the family to support the child.
We build system coordination. We all work together to partner with families.
Our Investment Strategy
1. The early childhood system is aligned, coordinated and family-centered
Develop and implement a shared strategic vision and work plan to achieve the early childhood system goals
- Use partnerships across sectors to dismantle the factors that allow inequity to flourish
- Build Sector Council with leaders ready to leverage broader system change
- Stay accountable to the Parent Accountability Council in resource allocation and strategy development
- Set family-driven priorities for our hub region and align investments
- Connect PAC and Sector Council to reach hub goals
- Include partner voice in hub work plan
- Invest hub resources in accordance with work plan
- Create data sharing agreements where needed
2. Children are supported to enter school ready to succeed
Challenge and support early learning and K-12 partners to serve children and families of color effectively
- Collaborate with early learning providers, culturally specific organizations and school districts to ensure that children in priority populations have access to quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten entry
- Fund Preschool Promise sites
- Fund professional development for family members, preschool teachers and professionals
- Fund Spark and CLASS support for early learning teachers
- Fund Focused Child Care Networks
- Co-lead Preschool for All initiative
- Co-lead regional hub/CCO partnership for developmental screening, referral and services
- Fund production of Early STEM kits
- Sponsor All Born (In) cross–disabilities conference
- Strengthen connections between early learning and K-3 education by increasing the link between the SUN Community School system and early learning
- Fund P-3 Schools
- Fund Kindergarten Teacher Home Visits (the Parent Teacher Home Visiting Project)
- Fund and co-lead regional “sign-up for kindergarten” campaign
3. Families are healthy, stable and attached
Spark shifts in thinking and practice to disrupt the barriers that families of color face
- Work with early learning programs and other partners to ensure children and families from priority populations have access to culturally responsive family support services
- Fund Community Education Workers
- Fund Parent Child Development Services (PCDS)
- Introduce VROOM into local DHS offices
- Build local chapter of National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
- Collaborate with the health sector to address the social determinants of health for young children and their families
- Fund and co-lead a regional hub/CCO partnership on school readiness
- Fund We Are Home
- Sponsor Early Childhood Mental Health conference