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December 14, 2015

Friends,
 

My son Kwesi is 28 years old, and working as a teacher at Milwaukee Academy of Science.  But it feels like just yesterday when I kept worrying whether he was “hitting the milestones” of child development, especially as a first time Mom.

Do you remember those days? Shouldn’t your toddler be walking yet? Is your preschooler building a tower of blocks? Can he draw a circle?  Can he point to his nose? Why does he keep babbling?!

In that spirit, I want to introduce our guest columnist for this week’s “Hey it’s Danae!”

Tim Coughlin from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is our Goal 1 (Kindergarten Readiness) Manager.  He has exciting news to announce....  take it away Tim!

See you soon,

Danae
 
Greetings Milwaukee Succeeds Friends,

As many of you know, one of our four priorities for Goal 1 (the Kindergarten Readiness Partnership) is to make developmental screenings as ubiquitous as immunizations for Milwaukee’s young children.

Developmental screenings are critical to engage parents in understanding the stages of typical development for their children and to detect developmental delays in order to intervene early.

Did you know that only about one in three Milwaukee children get a developmental screen despite evidence that early intervention helps children and offers a 13-fold cost savings over delayed treatment?

We are excited to announce that Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin awarded $300,000 over two years to help ensure children have access to early intervention developmental screenings and build a support network for children, parents, and professionals. This is an important initiative toward ensuring all families have access to developmental screening for their children.

Milwaukee Succeeds’ Parent Education & Support Network (PESN) will promote early developmental screenings for the 47,000 children under age 6 living in the City of Milwaukee. PESN will increase the number of children participating in developmental screenings by expanding the number of trained and qualified screeners in clinics and childcare centers. In addition, PESN will educate and engage parents in understanding and supporting their child’s development and unmet needs.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, as the lead agency for the Kindergarten Readiness Partnership, will manage this grant in partnership with Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society.  John Meurer, MD, MBA, Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society, will be the Primary Investigator for this project bringing expertise in designing and evaluating systems improvement.

We have experienced a great collective commitment throughout the community to promote developmental screening. Our PESN project partners include: Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital and Health System, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Head Start programs (Acelero Learning, Bruce Guadalupe, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Next Door), Milwaukee County Birth to 3, Milwaukee School of Engineering, SET Ministry, Inc., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and others.

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like to get involved with this fantastic project!


Thanks,

Tim Coughlin
Tcoughlin@unitedwaygmwc.org
 

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