Starting Point works with public and private organizations, corporations, churches and school systems on a variety of issues aimed at improving all aspects of the child care, early education and out-of-school time experience—collecting planning data, educating the community, advocating for issues important to children and youth and maximizing community resources.
Starting Point's extensive data bank is a valuable aid to planning and programs -- for Starting Point, families, early childhood professionals and the community. With it, the agency pinpoints neighborhoods with child care shortages, income levels of parents seeking care, need for care and other statistics important to efficiently planning area-wide early childhood services and programs. For each community in our four county area, this data is a valuable source of information on young children and their families.
Starting Point's public education and advocacy efforts on behalf of early childhood reach from our Northeast Ohio communities all the way to the White House. Initiatives include increasing funding and programming for child care; ensuring child care for parents moving from welfare to work; stimulating key local, State and Federal legislation and developing new public and private child care approaches.
Starting Point mobilizes a network of community organizations to provide services and address issues concerning children with special needs, training and education programs for early childhood professionals, youth activities, special needs of boys, men in early childhood and child care/early education programming.
Starting Point addresses the special needs of boys in early childhood settings through an innovative first-in-the -nation Boys’ Project initiative--with pilot programs, workshops and educational materials for early childhood and UPK sites. The impact of this program is reaching far beyond Northeast Ohio with the publication of the Starting Point book, Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Settings.
This important group is working on getting more men to participate in early childhood initiatives—everything from volunteering to read books, talk about their jobs and help out in the classroom to becoming child care professionals to offering building repair services. Find out more.
Find out about the many Cuyahoga County Invest in Children initiatives aimed at ensuring that young children here are healthy, well cared-for and get a good start in life.