Overview

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At Early Ages Healthy Stages, we recognize that it is our job to help build healthy early childhood environments for all children, regardless of how they look or where they live.

Together, we will work to shape the following Wellness Priorities to ensure that all young children in Cuyahoga County are given every opportunity to reach their fullest, healthiest, potential.

In Cuyahoga County, we believe that early childhood environments are healthy if…


Our Values:  A Community-first Approach to Early Childhood Wellness.

Building authentic relationships for early childhood wellness opportunities in Cuyahoga County.

Community Engagement | Our Goal: Early Ages Healthy Stages will engage early childhood stakeholders in diverse communities and locations through regular dialogue to define and strengthen early childhood health initiatives.

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Early Ages Healthy Stages values our community members as key experts in early childhood wellness. We believe that everyone- from parents and teachers; to hospitals and businesses- has something to offer to improve early childhood wellness. Working together involves “making space at our table” for all interested partners, as well as reaching out to those who have previously been left out of the conversation. Over the next three years, Early Ages Healthy Stages will take action to make sure that we incorporate participatory strategies in developing our efforts. Additionally, we will reach out to our community to make sure that our initiatives, tools, and processes represent the unique needs and interests of the young children, families, and providers we serve.

Community engagement | Our objectives:

By December 31st, 2020 Early Ages Healthy Stages Coalition will:

  1. Engage community residents in the planning and implementation of early childhood health programs through surveys, focus groups, and community forums to better understand needs and define engagement locally.
  2. Establish partnerships with support services to improve access to resources through early care and education settings and EAHS organizations.

Our Values:  Elevating the success of early care and education providers.

Supporting ECE providers in their efforts to improve early childhood wellness, right from the start.

Support for ECE Providers | Our Goal:  Early Ages Healthy Stages will build on the success of our designated Ohio Healthy Programs efforts to increase early childhood wellness knowledge and skills among early care and education providers in Cuyahoga County.

Like parents and caregivers, early care and education providers are the backbone for early childhood wellness in our communities. More and more families rely on early care and education providers to take care of their children while they work. On average, young children spend 32 hours weekly in early learning environments. Early care and education providers are role models for healthy habits that young children will use for life. The early care and education providers at Early Ages Healthy Stages consistently go above and beyond state requirements to create opportunities for the children in their care. When early care and education providers are supported by community and financial resources, they become a source of health and wellness expertise not only for the children that they serve, but for their families and community as well.

Throughout our work with Ohio Healthy Programs, we have been inspired by the many early care and educations providers who go the extra mile to provide health opportunities for their children. We believe, and have witnessed, that when early care and education providers have support from public health and other agencies they can provide authentic opportunities for child and family wellness beyond what each partner could achieve individually.

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Support for ECE Providers | Our objectives:

By December 31st, 2020 Early Ages Healthy Stages Coalition will:

  1. Establish partnerships with organizations that support early care and education to expand the reach of Ohio Healthy Programs and recruit new early care and education providers.
  2. Provide follow-on support for designated Ohio Healthy Programs that include newsletters and professional development opportunities.

To learn more about our goals and objectives for community engagement and support for ECE providers, click here.