The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance at Adirondack Foundation has received a three-year $250,000 grant from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, one of 10 grants awarded following a national, year-long competition to identify innovative community-based efforts to improve health and development outcomes for infants and toddlers.
The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance of public and private partners works together to improve access to programs and services offering babies and toddlers a foundation of skills for a strong start in life. Through this grant, the alliance will join other national, state, and local organizations as part of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, opening up opportunities for trainings, peer-learnings, and access to a host of other resources.
In addition to gaining access to this nationwide network, these grant funds will help move forward key initiatives, including the following:
- strengthening community support for early childhood services and raising awareness about the importance of a child’s first 1,000 days as a critical time to build a foundation of skills for learning and development;
- improving skill-based parenting and family support through distribution of new parent kits and providing free access to texting programs with age-centered tips and activities; and
- supporting child care care providers through trainings and certifications to bolster early childhood education.
The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance works to ensure that all young children are healthy, learning, and thriving. By implementing a targeted strategy to bolster early childhood and family services and resources essential for success in school and throughout life, this cross-sector partnership of county agencies, early childhood educators, pediatricians, and family support networks reaches low-wealth families across a vast rural geography.
More information can be found on the Adirondack Foundation website, or by calling (518) 523-9904.
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