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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 & Bounds: Why High Quality Child Care is Critical in Our Communities

Talent 2025
Talent 2025
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In Michigan, 83% of parents with children younger than age 6 report having difficulty finding high quality, affordable child care and more than 4 of every 10 people live in child care deserts - defined as any census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 with no or very few licensed child care providers.  Kent County mirrors many other communities with nearly 70% of children under age 6 having all parents in the workforce. 

KConnect
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KConnect

High quality child care supports the healthy development for young children and fuels our economy by enabling adults to participate in the workforce. How does the lack of access to high quality child care impact our entire community and what can you do to help?

First Steps Kent
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First Steps Kent

Tammy Britton, Workforce Development Project Manager for Talent 2025 and Anissa Eddie, Pritzker Early Childhood Fellow with First Steps Kent and KConnect are here to discuss. For more information, visit: www.talent2025.org, www.firststepskent.org, and www.k-connect.org

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