EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
The Early Care and Education committee is working to dramatically change the life trajectory of all Summit County children by improving easier access to early care and education information for parents, increasing the communication between preschools to parents about student progress, and assisting local early care providers and preschools to meet standards of quality.
The Health Committee has come together in an effort to increase critical vision, hearing, nutrition, oral, and medical health services for children and families. The focus of this group begins with promoting health services for women while they are pregnant and for their children through age five.
The Behavioral Health committee understands the importance not only of the physical health of developing children, but also the mental health. This group is dedicated to increase access to early childhood mental health services and supports, increase social and emotional screenings for children, and increase community awareness about the social and emotional wellness of children from birth to age five.
The Family Support committee has focused largely providing cross-training for home vistation professionals that provide direct services and supports for families. The group works together to ensure that as many front-line and home vistation employees from various organizations are amred with information to make recommendations for supportive services for Summit County families with children from birth to age five.
SPECIAL NEEDS & EARLY INTERVENTION
The Special Needs and Early Intervention committee was developed to ensure that children living in Summit County receive timely and appropriate early childhood development screenings as well as helping to link families to comprehensive intervention and supports within the community.
SUMMIT COUNTY MATERNAL DEPRESSION NETWORK
The Summit County Maternal Depression Network (SCMDN) evolved from the First Things First Behavioral Health Committee in 2012 in order to bring together a network of community agencies and service providers to begin to address the unmet needs associated with maternal depression in Summit County.