Education Initiative



A child's early years, from birth until school age, are a unique period of growth and development- learning to walk and talk, beginning to think independently, understanding how to communicate, and learning about other people and emotions. All of these are critical early learning skills that build a foundation for successful future learning. Children learn best when they are engaged in loving, nurturing relationships, and their primary learning occurs through everyday experiences. Whether children are at home, with relatives or friends, or in child care, the quality of early experiences is key to later school success.

Why it Matters

  • 4,500+ children ages 0-5 in the Chippewa Valley live in households that struggle to make ends meet. (At or below the ALICE Threshold)
  • 48% of children coming from low-income homes are ready for school. (This is less than half!)
  • It is estimated that 2,300+ children in the Chippewa Valley living in low-income homes will not be ready to enter kindergarten.

What We Will Achieve

Children in the Chippewa Valley will enter school ready to succeed.

Key Tactics

Home Visiting

  • Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Support: using Parent Cafes to support parents/guardians/caregivers through the Strengthening Families Protective Factors model.

Early Literacy

  • Reach Out & Read: Providing children's books at well child doctor visits
  • Talking is Teaching:Working to address Word Gap through public awareness and resource sharing
  • Book Buddies: Connecting volunteers to child care centers to read with children
  • "Read To Me" Book Month: Highlighting literacy outcomes and the importance of reading every day through reading events
  • Born Learning Trails: Providing trails that engage children and adults in quality early learning experiences.

View Education Advisory Council