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November 23, 2001

Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation and Research Project Interim Report

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Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation and Research Project Interim Report
November 2001

Synopsis:

Investing in the well-being of its youngest children has become a top priority in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. As a result of a community-wide, multifaceted three-year initiative directed at children from birth to age 5 and the individuals who care for these children, an understanding about the critical importance of the early childhood years has been created at the highest levels of public and civic leadership in Cuyahoga County. The political will has been forged to meet the need for a universal and comprehensive approach for supporting families and young children.

In the two years since the Early Childhood Initiative was launched by a
broad-based coalition of public and private partners brought together by County government, the programs have been woven into the fabric of local services and have met their target goals of numbers of clients served.

Early indications are that the programs are producing the kinds of positive measurable changes in the community sought by the planners and funders. The ongoing emphasis of the Initiative is to continue to enhance the quality of those services, assess how they could be expanded or refined, and increase public awareness of the availability and importance of the efforts of the Initiative.

The Executive Summary of the Interim Report can be obtained here: Download file


The Full ECI Interim Research Report can be obtained below, as a PDF "package" of PDFs of the report's chapters: Download file