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Children from low income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher income peers by age 3.
‘STRONG from the START’ is a Cape and Islands United Way initiative formed by a multidisciplinary group of local experts, the STRONG from the START Advisory Council. The initiative has been in development for nearly a year, as experts brainstormed ways to support our youngest children and their families and get “upstream” of the challenges we see in our community including substance abuse, mental health, financial instability, and homelessness. The STRONG from the START Advisory Council carefully developed a platform of goals and activities that will be launched throughout the Cape. The initiative, “STRONG from the START” is designed to strengthen, coordinate, and integrate the network of services available to parents of young children, and to use existing opportunities to connect, engage and educate. This initiative is supported by Women United.
STRONG from the START Advisory Council Representatives:
Robin Hayward, A Baby Center; Beth Bowman, Chris Eosco, Marie Bigelow, and Barbara Milligan, Cape and Islands United Way; Cindy Horgan, Cape Cod Children’s Place; Daniel Rodrigues, Cape Cod Healthcare; Sonia Schonning, Cape Cod Child Development; Paul Melville, Cape Cod Family Resource Center; Tina Toran, Coalition for Children; Harwich Early Childhood Council representatives; Francie Joseph, Monomoy School District; Lauren Melillo, Sandwich Partnership for Families; Cynthia Levangie, Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Goals of STRONG from the START: