It is appropriate that during April, the Month of the Young Child, that the Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative can share the findings of the recently released report entitled, “Evaluation of the Great Start Initiative.”
The report shows that in Clare and Gladwin Counties, community support for early childhood issues has grown from 16.2% in 2010 to 61.3% in 2012.
The need for more investment in early childhood is clear. One in three Michigan children enter kindergarten with previously unidentified health, social-emotional, developmental or learning problems, all of which can lead to poor academic achievement and limited opportunities. The Great Start Initiative is aimed at making a difference in the first few years of a child’s life – years that are critical to future development – through better health and mental health care, child care and early learning, parenting leadership and family support.
I am proud to work with and beside so many people who are committed to making Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Harrison and Gladwin great places to live, work and raise a family.