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IMPERATIVE 4

“Early childhood facilities should be considered essential ingredients for a healthy community”

IMPERATIVE 4
Safe & Inspiring Environments

Mission

We must guarantee safe and inspiring learning environments for our children.

Lead Organization

Safe and inspiring learning environments lay the foundation for high quality early childhood experiences. The physical location and environment of early childhood programs has a tremendous influence on children, families, and providers. The quality and design of these environments can not only ensure safety and comfort, but also actively promote development, learning, and positive social interactions. Locating programs near where parents live or work is fundamental to their ability to access child care, allowing them to work and support their families. Unfortunately, many Detroit families lack a safe, inspiring place to send their children for early childhood care.

HOW ARE WE ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES?

Strategy #9

Improve facilities quality throughout Detroit.

Strategy #10

Align, expand, and better leverage available resources to increase the number of high-quality early childhood facilities.

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...

  • An increase in the number of providers reporting facilities conditions
  • An increase in the number of providers across the city earning top marks in a revised facilities quality rating
  • An increase in the square footage of new high-quality learning space, both from construction and renovation
  • An increase in the number of renovated facilities and new facilities brought online
  • An increase in the number of new high quality child care seats

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!