Early Childhood Development

Inspiring an Inclusive Community

We believe that every child deserves a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and success, starting with those crucial years from 0 to 5.

We aspire to ensure that every child shows up for kindergarten ready to learn at a developmentally appropriate level. To achieve this, we embark on a comprehensive journey, focusing on childcare and preschool initiatives that lay the groundwork for a thriving educational experience.

Our Work So Far

In collaboration with dedicated community partners, we are taking proactive steps to assess our current capacity, understand the evolving needs of our community, and strategically plan for the future.

Through this collective effort, we aim to identify gaps and opportunities, ensuring that resources are allocated where they are needed most. Steps we have already taken include:

  • Provided funding for a thorough analysis of childcare services in Bay County, conducted in partnership with The Legacy Center for Community Success, with the goal of identifying and addressing critical needs within the community.
  • Collaborated with Bay Arenac Intermediate School District and addressed workforce shortage, overwhelmed providers, and access barriers by developing a $300,000 grant program in partnership with the County of Bay. Successfully awarded funds to 21 local childcare providers, aiming to increase capacity, improve quality, and ensure better access for Bay County’s children, fostering an environment for their growth and development.