Giving Compass' Take:

• Educare Flint is an early childhood care program designed to enroll young students living in Flint, MI and offer them additional community support services.

• This was part of a community initiative and collaboration from partners of different sectors. How can this collaboration be used in the same way to provide services in other areas outside of education?

• Having an early education program is very helpful for the kids of Flint, since Flint's poverty levels deeply affect their children's education. 

Educare Flint, a new, state-of-the-art school for Flint children ages 0–5, opened its doors to students on December 4, 2017. Launched in the wake of the Flint water crisis as part of an urgent effort to increase access to early childhood education, the school serves 220 Flint children from birth to age 5 each year.

Educare Flint is a wonderful example of the good that can be accomplished when partners from different sectors with different expertise come together to invest in a better tomorrow for our children. We are excited to see the difference this school will make for all children in Flint.

The school will play an important role in efforts underway to improve the quality and variety of early childhood education opportunities available to Flint kids — from cradle to college and career.

Read the full article about early childhood care in Flint from Community Foundation of Greater Flint at Medium.