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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 & Bounds: Early Interventions – Working with a Parent Educator

Bright Beginnings

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. Karen Lezan, Coordinator and Supervisor with Bright Beginnings, is here to discuss. For more information, visit: www.kentisd.org/early-childhood/bright-beginnings  For all kinds of early childhood resources, visit, Help Me Grow Kent www.helpmegrowkent.org, made possible by the Ready by 5 Early Childhood Millage. Also, follow Bright Beginnings on social media for updates and ideas www.facebook.com/kentisdbrightbeginnings

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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