First Five Fox Valley Supports Children's Lifelong Health & Well-being

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Contributor: Marchelle Moten, Director at First Five Fox Valley

We have all heard the old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. First Five Fox Valley is “the village” supporting families to grow children from ages birth to five, who are safe, healthy and ready to learn. We are professionals in education, healthcare and family services, parents and community working together using research-based practices, lived experience, training and skills to have a positive impact. Those first five years of a child’s life are critical for healthy growth and development and an important time when human brain power is created. 
 
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers need access to high-quality, affordable early care and education, physical and mental health, as well as family support services. Programs and services that address these areas are critical; however, they are only as strong as the system that supports them. To be effective, programs must be organized within cohesive systems that coordinate and align a broad array of services. To support the healthy development of all children, communities must provide comprehensive, coordinated, well-funded systems of early childhood services that foster success in school and life (zerotothree.org).

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First Five Fox Valley works to promote collaboration across child-serving sectors like child care, schools, healthcare, birth to three programs and Head Start, in order to build a more efficient and effective system that promotes the optimal healthy development of young children. Our entire community is improved when our young children are better and supporting children age birth to five and their families during that time, offers the even greater promise of lifelong health and well-being for everyone.        

To learn more about First Five Fox Valley or how you can support the early years in our community, email Marchelle Moten at marchellem@fvearlychildhood.org, subject line: FFFV.