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Strong from the Start

Did you Know? 

Children from low income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher income peers by age 3. 

What is ‘Strong from the Start’?

‘Strong from the Start’ is a brand new Cape and Islands United Way initiative formed by a multidisciplinary group of local experts, the Zero to Three Advisory Committee. The initiative has been in development for nearly a year, while experts brainstorm 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 Zero to Three Advisory Committee 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 in part by Women United. 

Zero to Three Advisory Committee Representatives: 

A Baby Center, Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod Children’s Place, Cape Cod Healthcare, Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Cod Family Resource Center, Coalition for Children, Harwich Early Childhood Council, Monomoy School District, Sandwich Partnership for Families, Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) 

Goals of Strong from the Start:

  • Reduce the Achievement Gap
  • Create an eco-system of support and care for parents on Cape Cod
  • Promote positive social and emotional development

Early literacy is a key strategy in support of these goals and is one of the five program areas the initiative will support.

Proud Partners

Core Strategies:

  • Promote Early Literacy and Reduce the Word Gap
  • Activity:  Support Reach Out and Read
  • Activity: Create Professional Development Opportunities
  • Promote Connection and Reduce Parent Isolation
    • Activity:  Develop Local Resource Guide
    •  Activity: Host a Community Baby Shower
    • Activity: Support Parent Education Programs
  • Empower Families
    • Activity:  Develop a Care Map
  • Promote Family Engagement
    • Activity:  Launch a Screen-Free ‘til 3 campaign
    • Activity: Host Family Dinner Events
    • Activity: Support Home Visiting Program
  • Provide Access to High-Quality Child Care
    • Activity: Build a Child Care Trust Fund