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WGVU By Leaps & Bounds
00000179-f232-de1b-a9f9-f2fa97a20003Investments 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 and Bounds: The Power of COUNTing During the Early Years

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All parents want to give their children a strong start in life. Becoming good at math begins long before a child enters school. Each one of us is born to be a “math person” as math concepts help children make sense of the world.

Exploring math at an early age allows children to build on what they already know as math concepts and skills become more complex. Working with context and content that is meaningful to children can build their interest in math, whether that is using every day moments such as meal times or car rides or playing with toys to practice math skills. Babies can do simple math, such as noticing amounts and patterns. Toddlers love learning math concepts and games, such as comparing sizes and shapes. These simple, but powerful interactions can boost brain development and prepare children to do well in school.

Great Start Collaborative
Great Start Collaborative

MaDonna Princer, Executive Director, Head Start for Kent County, and Christina Pocklington, Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County Parent Representative and Early Childhood Teacher are here to discuss. For more information, visit: www.successstartsearly.org, www.greatstartkent.org, and www.hs4kc.org.

Head Start Kent
Head Start Kent

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