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early learning opportunities have lasting positive effects on children’s growth
and development. Children who attend high quality
early childhood education settings are
better prepared at the time of kindergarten entry. Furthermore, children from
low-income households who participate in high-quality early education are
more likely to finish high school and attend college.
building upon existing successful efforts in the community
with freepreoakland.org and greatstarttoquality.org, Great Start
Oakland provides additional education for parents about what high quality
early learning is and how to find it for their children. In addition,
families will be connected to additional resources, such as child care
assistance based on family needs.
Implementing a community process for supporting children and their families
with the transition from preschool to kindergarten is one of the
components to getting children prepared for kindergarten. Communication
between parents, preschools and child care programs and the kindergarten
and elementary school will help parents know what to expect and how to
help their child, will help the child know what to expect, and will help
the kindergarten teacher and others at the school prepare for a positive
experience in their school. When parents are actively involved and included in
the transition into kindergarten, their children have more positive
results across the board.
-Through a Parent Assessment Survey, when asked to identify the top services that are not currently offered but wanted in Oakland County were:
-Respondents also agreed with the following statements:
- 44% - I can’t / will not be able to afford to send my child to preschool
- 83% - Children should go to preschool to be ready for school
-The three main strategies that fall under Promote Quality Early Learning, include:
- Promote access to quality early learning
- Improve coordination for transition from preschool to kindergarten
- Convene and participate in a school readiness advisory committee
-Download the Reach Out and Read Milestones here.
-Connect with our Great Start to Quality Resource Center at United Way for Southeastern Michigan here.
-Connect with the Early Childhood Department at Oakland Schools here.
-Click here to view the Action Agenda Summary and the Detailed Action Agenda for additional information about the strategies, objectives and activities related to Quality Early Learning.