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WGVU By Leaps & Bounds
8 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
By Leaps & Bounds: Barriers to Navigating Early Childhood
Our guest is Jenn Harrod, Client Services Manager, Health Net of West Michigan
14 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
By Leaps & Bounds: Children of Incarcerated Parents
Joel Van Kuiken, Cole Williams, and Dowan Mansfield from the Delta Project are here to discuss evidenced-based curriculum developed by Cole Williams called Son to a Father.
11 minutes | May 26, 2022
By Leaps & Bounds: Foster Care
Crystal Houston, Executive Director with the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, joins us to discuss preventative programs that aim to keep families together and keep children from entering the foster care system.
5 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
By Leaps & Bounds: Advocacy for Normal Was Never Enough
We’re joined by Jayme Vosovic, Community Engagement Specialist for the Michigan League for Public Policy.
8 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
By Leaps & Bounds: Early Care and Education
As we continue looking at why Normal Was Never Enough, we examine pathways to building a more equitable child care system. Our guest today on By Leaps & Bounds is Chana Edmond-Verley, CEO, Vibrant Futures and Vice-Chair, Great Start Collaborative of Kent County.
9 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Housing Stability
Kate O’Keefe, Director of Development and Community Engagement, Family Promise, joins us
7 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Kent County Early Childhood Systems Update
Annemarie Valdez, President of First Steps Kent, is our guest
8 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Healthy Births
Marissa Brown from the Kent County Health Department is our guest
7 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Child Care
As we continue looking at why Normal Was Never Enough, we examine pathways to building a more equitable child care system.
13 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Family Wealth & Income
Dr. Juan Olivarez joins us for our By Leaps & Bounds segment
5 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Normal Was Never Enough
Salvador Lopez is our guest
13 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Supporting Fatherhood
Children whose fathers are involved in their lives are more confident, get better grades, and avoid risky behaviors, which is why it is critical that fathers and men in our community stay engaged, encouraged, and informed. In an effort to support fathers, Strong Beginnings and Grand Rapids African American Health Institute have partnered on a fatherhood initiative that seeks to strengthen families by encouraging fathers to play an active role in nurturing and raising their children.
8 minutes | May 11, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Meeting Michigan’s Child Care Needs
Child care is essential to the economy, allowing parents to enter the workforce and providers to support both their businesses and families. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on child care, creating a child care crisis, underscoring the importance for a greater investment in issues of access and affordability as part of state recovery efforts, and leaving families and child advocates to push for big changes. MLPP is part of the Think Babies Michigan Collaborative, which is working to advocate for these changes.
10 minutes | May 4, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Identifying Michigan’s Child Care Needs
Child care is essential to the economy, allowing parents to enter the workforce and providers to support both their businesses and families. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on child care, and underscored the importance for a greater investment in issues of access and affordability as part of state recovery efforts.
11 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Supporting Families, Two Generations at a Time
Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) provides high-quality early care and education programs in vulnerable neighborhoods of Grand Rapids, and is a model of a continuum of early childhood education services both in Kent County and the State of Michigan. From programs that support early learners to programming that supports families and advocacy work, ELNC partners within the communities they serve to ensure children are ready for kindergarten.
10 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
By Leaps & Bounds: Essential Needs for Kent County Families
In addition to its impact on the many facets of everyday life for families, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the security of basic needs for families, including housing and food. Currently, Rental Payment Assistance and Emergency Food Assistance are two of the most frequent requests of callers to 2-1-1, the United Way Assistance line. In support of community efforts to achieve equitable outcomes for children, The Kent County Essential Needs Task Force works with partners such as the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness to address residents’ basic needs and to ensure equitable access to resources within the community.
9 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
By Leaps and Bounds: Bringing Parents Together
Parent groups are a great way to connect with other parents. Not only are they a place to learn from other parents, but also learn about resources or opportunities in the community. Parent groups can also be a safe space to share their experiences and grow their parenting practices. Often parents feel less alone when facing challenges because of the relationships they develop with other parents and the support they find within the group.
10 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
By Leaps & Bounds: Mental Health Support for Families with Young Children
When parents develop a secure attachment relationship with their child, it strengthens children’s self-esteem, concept and worth. Arbor Circle’s Early Childhood services team partners with parents to build their skills, help them bond with their children, and create a sense of security in their family. When a child faces mental health or other challenges, it can impact many parts of their life— from school performance to behavior at home and in the community. Arbor Circle works alongside families as they face these challenges, working to help both the child and family develop the resiliency to recover from the impact of adverse circumstances that can interfere with the ability to thrive.
9 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
By Leaps & Bounds: Early Interventions – Working with a Parent Educator
The social, academic and behavioral skills that children develop in their early years creates a foundation for their future. Parent Educators partner with parents in understanding their child's development and how they learn best. Parent Educators offer support, parenting tips and strategies on topics most important to parents, personalized with information focused on each family's needs, concerns, and goals.
9 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
By Leaps & Bounds: Parents, You Got This!
The first few years of life – between birth and kindergarten – are when a child’s brain will grow the fastest. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are home with their children now more than ever. Parents, it’s important to know that you were made to be your child’s first and most important teacher. Don’t let that scare you, your child was born ready and excited to learn. They just need your love and guidance to get a great start.
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