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June 20, 2005

Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation/Invest in Children: Phase II Final Report

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Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation: Phase II Final Report

Introduction:

Since mid-1999, a bold initiative has been underway in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to improve the well-being of the youngest members of the greater Cleveland community. A community-wide initiative targeting children from birth through age five and their families was launched in July 1999, and in the following 5 years demonstrated substantial success in developing a universal and comprehensive approach for supporting families with young children.

The Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), renamed Invest in Children in late 2004, provides a powerful case example of how one urban community recognized the needs of its young children and their families and sought to address them in an ongoing, comprehensive, and multifaceted way. The executive summary highlights the core elements of the Initiative and describes the experiences of the collaborators in meeting the needs of young children and their families and improving the outcomes for children.

The full 380 page report can be obtained here: Download file

The stand-alone Executive Summary can be obtained here: Download file

The Invest In Childre Webiste is here.