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Nearly 40-percent of children in Greater Detroit enter kindergarten unprepared for school.

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DETROIT, MI — October 6, 2016 — Many parents know that early intervention is critical to school success, yet most don’t know where to turn to get the resources they need to prepare their child for achievement. United Way for Southeastern Michigan has kicked off its 2016 Bib to Backpack initiative to arm Greater Detroit moms, dads, and caregivers with tried and true resources for children, ages 0 to 5, for kindergarten success, long before they set foot inside a classroom.‘I Am Not At Peace:’ Kid Cudi Enters Rehab For Depression & Suicidal Urges

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Bib to Backpack encompasses all of our United Way’s Early Childhood. Among the resources available is a 10-minute Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), used to gauge if a child is developing appropriately for his or her age. United Way’s 2-1-1 number offers access to a professional who can connect parents and caregivers to local parenting networks, learning libraries, food pantries, and more. There’s also a resource that takes the guesswork out of finding pre-screened quality daycare centers in your community. United Way in partnership with The Michigan Department of Education Great Start to Quality makes it easy for families to identify the best early learning settings for their children, and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children. Bib to Back resources are available free of charge to families in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.

“Every parent needs help sometimes, and as a working mom of two energetic boys it can be difficult taking time away from them to conduct research on common parenting concerns,” says Jennifer Callens, PhD, director of Early Childhood, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “The moments between the bib and the backpack are so very critical, and we’re making these resources available to adults in our community to better ensure that all children have the best opportunity to excel in school.”

Since 2013, the total number of ASQs administered to children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties is around 110,000. United Way hopes to expand that number with this year’s effort to administer more than 134,000 ASQs.

For more information visit http://www.liveunitedsem.org/bibtobackpack


About United Way for Southeastern Michigan

United Way for Southeastern Michigan mobilizes the caring power of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit community through its annual Campaign and is a leader in convening partners to impact local residents each year by increasing economic self-sufficiency, protecting children and youth at risk, strengthening families, empowering neighborhoods and communities, and promoting health and wellness. Additional information is available at http://www.liveunitedsem.org.


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