Early Childhood Indicators for the Kent County Great Start Collaborative, Kent Count, MI. (Baseline Data Report)

Report by Community Research Institute
May 2011

Community Data & Research Lab at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy   (Grand Rapids)

This report provides the results of baseline analysis for several Kent County early childhood indicators. These indicators were chosen as part of a process beginning in May 2010 to develop measures important to improving the lives of young children in our community. Four workgroups of community members came together to develop indicators around four broad categories: physical and behavioral health, early care and education, parent education, and family support. Assisted by the Community Research Institute (CRI), these workgroups presented their recommendations to Kent County’s Great Start Collaborative (GSC) in August. First Steps and the GSC then prioritized the recommended indicators in the fall of 2010 and commissioned CRI to begin developing these baseline indicators.