IMPERATIVE 1

“All Detroit children – and their families – deserve the chance to thrive.”

IMPERATIVE 1
Healthy, Thriving Children and Families

Mission

We must promote the health, development, and well-being of all Detroit children, starting before birth and through age eight.

Lead Organizations

The period from the time a woman gets pregnant to age eight is a critical time in a child’s life Their experiences and development during this window lay the foundation for future success so it’s particularly important for young children and their families to have access to the information, services, and resources they need for a healthy start. Our health care and social service systems are crucial entry points for families to tap into the web of services and resources that exist to help kids thrive, but families’ disconnect from them and the lack of coordination between them means Detroit children experience health and developmental problems at higher rates than they should.

HOW ARE WE ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES?

Strategy #1

Support the first 1,000 days by prioritizing healthy pregnancies, breastfeeding, term births, food access, and good nutrition to ensure babies are born healthy and are on track developmentally.

Strategy #2

Set up a comprehensive screening system that identifies health and developmental challenges in both children and caregivers, then connects them to services that can help.

See how the other Imperatives are making an impact on Detroit's Early Childhood Education

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IMPLEMENTATION SPOTLIGHTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020 Policy Summit Recap – Imperative Lead Table Talk

“Equity in quality childcare will is not possible without addressing the individual needs of families which include basic needs and financial mobilization for parents." That was just one great quote from our policy summit, where we met with policy leaders to become advocates of change for childcare.

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What Do Children Need to Thrive?

Many factors in a child’s life impact whether they are healthy and thriving. Each of those factors is a piece of a puzzle that Hope Starts Here has spent the last year assembling. To ensure Detroit’s children are set up to succeed, we must understand how each piece of the puzzle fits together and then create solutions that take that knowledge into account.

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WHAT SHOULD PROGRESS LOOK LIKE?

We'll know we're making progress when we see...

  • A decreased infant mortality rate
  • A decrease of racial/ethnical disparities in birth outcomes
  • An increase in the percentage of mothers and children with a primary source of care
  • An increase in infant and toddler immunization rates
  • A decrease in food insecurity

Learn more about our active contributions towards these outcomes through our Impact Dashboards by clicking HERE.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every Detroiter has a role to play in making our city a great place for children. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Take the pledge & become an early childhood champion!