Smart Beginnings Network isn't just a regular monthly gathering – they're a powerhouse of dedicated individuals, community partners, and change-makers all rallying together for a brighter future for our youngest learners. Here's what our incredible community partners have to share about their journey with us:
"So excited to be a part of this platform. So many people in the corner of child care. We're all coming together, putting boots on the ground in the community." – Patricia Woods, 4C for Children
"As a new member of this network, it's very valuable to have the connections from this network. The collaboration and support are truly remarkable." – Jenell Jackley, KCHC
"BOF is a culture of collaboration where we come together to support the same mission. I love the fact that there are people working for the same purpose." – Nancy Williams, WECA/WEESSN
Our Smart Beginnings Network is where enthusiasm turns into action, where diverse expertise comes together to create real change. If you're seeking to join a network committed to transforming lives and sculpting a brighter future, connect with our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Felicia Dalton, to explore how you can jump in.
Let's continue to collaborate, innovate, and make a lasting impact together!
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Building Our Future is building strong cross-sector and data-driven civic infrastructure in Kenosha and advancing cradle-to-career outcomes. In one example of this work, BOF Smart Beginnings Network launched Help Me Grow in late 2022 with a goal to build a comprehensive system of supports for pregnant women, caregivers with new babies, and families with young children. Help Me Grow uses data and a community navigator approach to integrate development screenings, services, and referrals across agencies. Housed within KAC, Help Me Grow Kenosha will work in partnership with other community organizations and embed navigators across the community to best support families.
Learn more about Help Me Grow - Kenosha here.
Due to work that BOF convened in late 2021 around the child care workforce, we are excited to share that the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) will be expanding to Kenosha and Racine Counties.
A program of Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), WEESSN connects family child care providers and center-based child care programs together to benefit from shared resources, staff, and expertise. WEESSN offers a tiered level of services from simple information sharing in Tier 1 to deep collaboration in Tier 3. Any child care provider in Wisconsin is eligible to join Tiers 1 and 2, and WEESSN is excited to announce that Tier 3 services will soon be available in Kenosha and Racine Counties. Tier 3 services will be available to 40 child care programs in the region.
Please join the WEESSN team for an information session on May 4th that will contain a presentation on the history of WEESSN and how WEESSN can support family and group child care providers through pooling shared staffing, resources, knowledge, and expertise. You will hear stories of how WEESSN has positively impacted programs across the other 16 counties in Wisconsin already served at Tier 3. Think of WEESSN as an extra team member dedicated to helping providers improve programming, decrease costs, and save time. Their #1 goal is to make providers' professional lives less stressful.
There are two options for attending. There is no need to attend both sessions because the same content will be shared. Please register in advance here:
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