By Leaps & Bounds Investments in high-quality early childhood care, education, and support programs do more than help children – they also strengthen our workforce and economy. How are communities in West and Southwest Michigan approaching prevention and early intervention in these systems of care? How do the programs benefit children, families, care and education providers, businesses, and taxpayers? Where are the gaps, and how do we fill them? Come along as we take a closer look.
By Leaps & Bounds

By Leaps & Bounds

From WGVU News

Investments in high-quality early childhood care, education, and support programs do more than help children – they also strengthen our workforce and economy. How are communities in West and Southwest Michigan approaching prevention and early intervention in these systems of care? How do the programs benefit children, families, care and education providers, businesses, and taxpayers? Where are the gaps, and how do we fill them? Come along as we take a closer look.

Most Recent Episodes

By Leaps & Bounds: Mental Health Support for Families with Young Children

When parents develop a secure attachment relationship with their child, it strengthens children's self-esteem, concept and worth. Arbor Circle's Early Childhood services team partners with parents to build their skills, help them bond with their children, and create a sense of security in their family. When a child faces mental health or other challenges, it can impact many parts of their life— from school performance to behavior at home and in the community. Arbor Circle works alongside

By Leaps & Bounds: Mental Health Support for Families with Young Children

By Leaps & Bounds: Early Interventions – Working with a Parent Educator

The social, academic and behavioral skills that children develop in their early years creates a foundation for their future. Parent Educators partner with parents in understanding their child's development and how they learn best. Parent Educators offer support, parenting tips and strategies on topics most important to parents, personalized with information focused on each family's needs, concerns, and goals. Bright Beginnings is a Blue Ribbon Model Affiliate of the Parents as Teachers program.

By Leaps & Bounds: Early Interventions – Working with a Parent Educator

By Leaps & Bounds: Parents, You Got This!

The first few years of life – between birth and kindergarten – are when a child's brain will grow the fastest. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are home with their children now more than ever. Parents, it's important to know that you were made to be your child's first and most important teacher. Don't let that scare you, your child was born ready and excited to learn. They just need your love and guidance to get a great start. Anissa Eddie, Pritzker Early Childhood Fellow with First Steps

By Leaps & Bounds: An On-the-Ground Look at West Michigan's Child Care Sector

Child care is one of the key essential services needed to get and keep our economy rolling. Families and employers alike are counting on the availability of child care slots to get everyone back to work. However, child care businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, albeit historical sector declines. Camp Fire West Michigan 4C is on-the-ground every day as a long-time "institution of trust" providing "hand to heart business support" to child care providers, helping them save their small

By Leaps & Bounds: An On-the-Ground Look at West Michigan's Child Care Sector

By Leaps & Bounds: WGVU At-home Learning Resources for Educators & Parents

Responding to the urgent need for educational resources when school buildings closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, WGVU mobilized to bring our West and Southwest Michigan communities high-quality, free At-Home Learning broadcast programming supported by on-line lessons and resources. WGVU has also organized many additional educational resources and materials for PreK-12 students that educators, parents and students can use to keep learning going while at home. WGVU Education Coordinator,

By Leaps & Bounds: WGVU At-home Learning Resources for Educators & Parents

By Leaps & Bounds: The Vital Work of Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis brought much of Michigan to a halt at the same time organizations across Kent County were ramping up their services for families with young children. The pandemic has undoubtedly created challenges, but the vital work hasn't stopped. An urgent priority is ensuring high-quality child care for the children of essential workers. Another focus for First Steps Kent right now is assisting organizations that receive Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage funding so that their

By Leaps & Bounds: The Vital Work of Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Leaps & Bounds: The 4th Trimester & Postpartum Mental Health

Nearly 20% of new moms experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy, or up to two years after having a baby. Certain risk factors create a higher likelihood for developing postpartum mental health issues, and untreated, can lead to very serious complications for moms, babies and families. The first five years of a child's development are critical, but struggles with mental health can affect a mother's capacity to nurture and meet her child's needs. And unfortunately, stigma

By Leaps & Bounds: Prenatal Care & Social Determinants of Low Birth Weight

Receiving early and regular care throughout pregnancy is incredibly important for both mother and baby, as preterm birth and low birth weight put babies at an increased risk of developing cognitive, emotional, and physical health issues. Babies weighing above 5.5 pounds at birth are considered to be "born healthy." Across Michigan, about 8.5% of babies are born underweight (CDC), and communities of color are disproportionally impacted with rates for black and Latinx moms at a six-year high.

By Leaps & Bounds: Prenatal Care & Social Determinants of Low Birth Weight

By Leaps & Bounds: Creating Access and Support Around High-Quality Child Care in Michigan

High-quality licensed programs help children learn, grow, and creates a strong foundation for children to be successful in school, work, and life while supporting parent participation in the workforce. Children learn so much in their first five years, especially when they have a safe place to learn, explore their world, and build relationships. Families have many questions about finding the right program – what will fit with their schedule, budget and transportation needs? Should they choose a

By Leaps & Bounds: Creating Access and Support Around High-Quality Child Care in Michigan

By Leaps & Bounds: The Critical Investment of Business & Policy in Child Care

Investments in child care accessibility and affordability are investments in both in the current Michigan workforce, and the future workforce. High-qualify affordable child care supports parents in contributing to our community, while providing for their families, and prepares children for school and life success. A growing number of West and Southwest Michigan businesses are coming together to focus on child care accessibility and affordability, along with Michigan policy makers. What is their

By Leaps & Bounds: The Critical Investment of Business & Policy in Child Care

Back To Top