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EARLY CHILDHOOD

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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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  • 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 are school-ready and have equitable access and opportunity to high-quality early education to achieve academic and life success.

  • 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.

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The informational flyer listing all of the partnering organizations committed to the GSGF initiative.

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A workbook filled with age-specific, sensory-based intervention activities that focus on trauma and resilience for children and adolescents ages 3-17 years old.

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Resource containing activities relating to breath work and movement; mindfulness; guided imagery; expressive art activities; and songs/finger plays and writing/journaling activities – each divided into ages 3-5, 6-12, and 13-17.

GSGF Overview

GSGF SUBCOMMITTEES

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  • STARK COUNTY TRANSITION SKILLS SUMMARY COLLABORATIVE PROJECT

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.

If you need to create a TSS account, register for the
Stark County TSS Collaborative Project at the Stark County TSS 2.0 landing page" <<CLICK HERE>>

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Check out Talk First Stark's public service announcements (PSA)

PSA #1)

PSA #2)

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)

Part 2)

Part 3)

Part 4)

  • 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.

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