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Enhancing Quality: Informal Child Care in Detroit

90% of a child’s brain develops before age 5. High quality early care is critical to ensure that children are ready for success in school and life. Informal child care provided by family, friends, and neighbors is an important component of the early care and education system, especially in communities that lack access to licensed child care programs. Community partners and researchers will describe their efforts to enhance the quality of informal child care in Southwest Detroit.

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  1. Understand that informal child care plays a critical role in communities; especially where licensed child care programs is very limited.
  2. Understand the process by which researchers and partners work together to test and refine strategies to improve quality of informal child care.
  3. Every voice matters in the Southwest Detroit collaborative. Partners came together to create a learning collaborative in which every voice is valued.



Megan Angus, Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

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  • Tags: diversity, community
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Equity
  • Level: Field Experience
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