“Working together, these systems – and the support and care they provide – can ensure children are born healthy and are set up to thrive.”
Better System Alignment
We must create the structures and tools to better coordinate the various systems that impact the well-being of children and families.
Children and families interact with many systems starting from the time a woman gets pregnant through a child’s early years. These systems include early childhood care and education, health care, K-3 education, social services, and community development. Throughout the Hope Starts Here Planning process, one theme repeatedly emerged: the need to increase coordination and alignment within and across them. Increasing their coordination would increase their overall efficiency and impact as well as directly support the goals of the four preceding imperatives. However, coordination at that level requires a central mechanism that can catalyze and support alignment efforts, and this does not currently exist in Detroit.
HOW ARE WE ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES?
Create a central coordinating entity to lead early childhood efforts in Detroit.
Use one integrated data system in order to increase information sharing across early childhood systems.
Foster a citywide focus on early childhood that goes beyond the systems that directly affect young children and their families.
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.
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.
WHAT SHOULD PROGRESS LOOK LIKE?
We'll know we're making progress when we see...
- An increase in provider financial sustainability
- An increase in cross-system communication and utilization of services stemming from increased data sharing and coordination
- The existence of individualized, holistic longitudinal data on early childhood development
Learn more about our active contributions towards these outcomes through our Impact Dashboards by clicking HERE.
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.
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