EARLY CHILDHOOD

Through Great Start for Great Futures (and other initiatives), the Stark Education Partnership is working to close the gaps for our youngest learners.

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GSGF overview

• WHO IS GSGF?
The Great Start for Great Futures (GSGF) Coalition is a group of Stark County early education providers, agencies, advocates, and community leaders collaborating to improve the outcomes of prenatal to kindergarten children. See the complete GSGF flyer for a list of organizations committed to the GSGF initiatives.

• THE GSGF GOAL?
To ensure all children have access and opportunity to high-quality early education to ensure kindergarten readiness in all (early learning) educational domains.

• WHY DO WE DO THIS?
If we close the achievement/opportunity gap in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional development for children prenatal to three, then we will see kindergarten readiness and the establishment of a solid foundation for academic growth.


GSGF subcommittees


• STARK TRANSITION SKILLS SUMMARY COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Designed to ensure that the growth of the online Stark Transition Skills Summary (TSS) is utilized by all early childcare programs throughout Stark County to obtain county-wide data as to early learning areas of growth and strength for children.

• PRE-TO-3 IN STARK COUNTY
Designed to close the early learning achievement and opportunity gap before birth by promoting systemic collaboration throughout the county and family engagement and empowerment to ensure a solid foundation for academic, social-emotional and life-long success.

• TALK FIRST STARK

Talk First Stark is a new initiative under GSGF geared toward families with children from Prenatal to age 3. The premise is designed to promote and showcase the importance of language nutrition as the foundation for healthy growth and brain development.

 

Want to discuss Talk First Stark and Language Nutrition? Please complete the following form and we will contact you! <<CLICK HERE>>

Check out Talk First Stark's public service announcements (PSA):
PSA #1) "It Starts With You...It Continues With Us"
PSA #2) "Words About Your Day"

Health Matters Radio Show and Blog
Talk First Stark teams up with the Medicine Center Pharmacy to discuss language nutrition (4 part series):
Part 1) "It Starts with You" (August 30, 2019)
Part 2) "Brainology with Great Start for Great Futures" (September 30, 2019)
Part 3) "Helping Children Realize Their Potential for a Great Future" (October 25, 2019)
Part 4) Coming soon....


• EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVANTAGE SYMPOSIUM

Designed to develop, promote and actualize a yearly professional development conference for Stark early childhood providers and the community. The symposium also provides an annual “state of the county” update on early childhood efforts.


• EARLY CHILDHOOD RAISING CAPACITY

Designed to ensure equity and access and to raise the capacity for currently employed early childcare employees through supporting continued education and strengthening the career pathway for high school students who wish to pursue a career in early childhood education.

GSGF NEW & UPCOMING

TALK FIRST STARK

Want to learn more about Talk First Stark? <<CLICK HERE>> for more information and to register for Talk First Stark Advocacy Training on December 13, 2019.

Check out Talk First Stark's most recent public service announcement, "Helping Children Realize Their Potential for a Great Future" <<CLICK HERE>>


related articles


LOOKING AT THE ISSUES NEWSLETTER

10/11/19 - Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Positive Change

9/13/19 - 2019 Early Childhood Advantage Symposium

5/17/19 - Building Brains with Language Nutrition

5/3/19 - No Small Matter: The Return on Investment  for Early Education

4/19/19 - STAR Initiative Impacts Stark County Early Reading Literacy

4/12/19 - Demand for Child Development Certification on the Rise

9/28/18 - Transition Skills Summary: End of Preschool "Snapshot" of Kindergarten Readiness

9/21/18 - Groundbreaking Study Finds Ohio Children Who Start Behind, Usually Stay Behind

4/6/18 - Building Resilience from the Inside Out - David Kisor and the Early Childhood  Advantage

2/9/18- Registration Opens for Early Childhood Advantage Symposium

12/8/17 - Coming March 9, 2018 - Early Childhood Symposium on School Readiness

12/1/17 - Making An Early Investment

11/17/17 - Stark Focuses on Birth to Age Three

12/16/16 - Stark's Artful Living "Delves Deeper" into Early Childhood Learning

10/28/16 - SPARK's Positive Impact On Stark Area Parents and Children

1/23/15 - SPARK Students in Stark County Score Higher on Kindergarten Readiness Measure


CONTACT INFORMATION

GSGF QUESTIONS?
For more information, please email Krista Allison at krista.allison@edpartner.org or call 330-452-0829.


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