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Great Beginnings for Grays Harbor is a new initiative that builds systemic support to increase opportunities for our youngest community members.
Two key opportunities will be addressed:
Strengthen the existing Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition to connect and leverage current successful early learning efforts for collective impact.
Work toward the goal of universal, affordable preschool for all children in Grays Harbor County.
Great Beginnings is led by a Steering Committee including representatives from:
- Grays Harbor Community Foundation
- Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department
- Aberdeen School District
- YMCA of Grays Harbor
- Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition
Starting Strong: Supporting early learning in Grays Harbor County, September 2015
This report presents demographic information about children and families in Grays Harbor County and a summary of early learning services currently available in our community. The report also examines challenges and opportunities for expanding early learning services.
In Grays Harbor County there are about 8900 children between 0 and 5. Widespread scientific research shows that 90% of the brain capacity of each child will develop in those early years. Children who are actively supported as they play, explore and learn will benefit for life. Those whose developmental needs are not met most often fall short of their potential.
Support for our youngest children is complex, including the day-to-day efforts of families, various kinds of formal and informal childcare providers, preschool educators, health care, developmental screening, enrichment partners such as libraries, social services and much more. No one program can address every challenge. To meet our children’s needs the efforts of many stakeholders must be integrated and work together to achieve shared outcomes, giving all Grays Harbor children a Great Beginning.