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12/22/2020

Congratulations to the First Class of ParentChild+ Graduates in Onondaga County, NY


It Has Been A Year Worth Celebrating – 2019 In Review

We thank all of our partners for your support in 2019.  It has been a terrific year for expanding our strategies and our reach.  Specifically, we thank members of the ECA Leadership Council, ECA Business Council, members of the ECA Committees and each of you who have expressed support for investing in early childhood over the past year!  Together we continue to accomplish great things on behalf of children and families in Onondaga County.

2019 ECA Program Highlights:

  • Officially launched Help Me Grow Onondaga in January 2019 and we have built-out the core components throughout this first year, including the centralized access point through 2-1-1, free developmental screening and ongoing community outreach – we have reached hundreds of families through our outreach and we look forward to considerable expansion in 2020.
  • Celebrated two years of the Talking is Teaching Campaign and continue to distribute tote bags through home visitors, bibs & t-shirts through pediatric practices and reach thousands of families through outreach events within the community.
  • Graduated the first class of ParentChild+ program families (25 families) thanks to a great team that has been built at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.
  • Continued to reach hundreds of young women with positive and reaffirming messages through the Layla’s Got You campaign; and
  • Benefited from the national support and technical assistance from the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s EC-LINC initiative and the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT) through the Pritzker’s Children’s Initiative.

We were also excited to release the 2019 report “Transforming the Early Childhood Landscape in Onondaga County to Promote School Readiness.”  The report provides our community with a road map for improving the quality of child care in Onondaga County and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to implement those recommendations in 2020.

Finally, the most exciting news in 2019 was County Executive Ryan McMahon’s inclusion of early childhood as part of his PIE (Poverty, Infrastructure and Economic Development) Agenda and his commitment of funding in the County’s 2020 Budget.  We are grateful that the Onondaga County Legislature approved the proposed investment of $1.5 million in early childhood programs in the 2020 County Budget in October and we look forward to beginning to implement and expand ECA programming in January 2020.

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