Technical Assistance and Training for Great Start Parent Coalitions
Great Start Parent Coalitions are unique to Michigan and were originally created by the Investment Corporation in 2006 - 2007. Over 50 Parent Coalitions provide a customer perspective for Michigan’s 54 Great Start Collaboratives and support their work toward achieving Michigan’s early childhood outcomes. Parent Coalition members educate their community about the importance of early childhood and provide information, education and resources to parents raising young children.
The Investment Corporation provides an annual planned program of technical assistance to the Parent Liaisons who convene and lead Parent Coalitions across Michigan. The planned program includes training, coaching, consultation, a weekly bulletin of information and resources, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. The Investment Corporation also hosts a technical assistance consultation phone line and email box to respond to day-to-day questions and provide immediate consultation on emerging issues.
Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative (MIECHV)
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting supports pregnant women and families and helps parents of children from birth to age 5 tap the resources and develop the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.
In Michigan eleven at-risk communities were identified through needs assessments: Berrien, Calhoun, Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Oakland, St. Clair, Saginaw, and Wayne.
The Investment Corporation provides technical assistance, coaching and consultation to the eleven communities to develop and implement a plan that addresses the necessary provisions for parent participation and the incorporation of required partners for their Local Leadership Groups. The technical assistance for the Local Leadership Group includes the expansion of understanding the importance of authentic parent engagement, the development of policies and procedures that support parent engagement, and the convening of a learning community for the parent representatives serving on Local Leadership Groups.
The Investment Corporation also provides facilitation, coaching and consultation to the Local Leadership Groups related to the following projects: Continuous quality Improvement (CQI), developing a continuum of models and sustainability planning.
The Strengthening Families™ initiative in Michigan has been co-led by the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families framework is a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building five Protective Factors that also promote healthy outcomes.
At the state level Michigan is currently focused on developing an interagency, coordinated dialogue about Strengthening Families with the development of a state logic model. A primary focus at the state level has been to provide support to local communities through trainings and technical assistance. To help build local capacity the Investment Corporation convenes a statewide Learning Community that supports Great Start Collaborative Directors, Great Start Parent Coalition Liaisons, and a variety of early learning and prevention oriented organizational leads interested in the integration of this framework. Additionally, several Investment Corporation team members are certified Strengthening Families trainers. Find out about our staff expertise here.
Great Start to Quality Website
GreatStartToQuality.org is Michigan’s online searchable database for licensed child care and preschool. Families can use that information to find programs that best fit their needs.