Mission
The mission of Invest in Children is to mobilize resources and energy to ensure the well-being of all young children in Cuyahoga County, provide supportive services to parents and caregivers, and build awareness, momentum, and advocacy in the community around children and family issues.

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Whether you are pregnant or have an infant, toddler or child ready to enter kindergarten, Invest in Children has a variety of services to support you in making sure your child is healthy, well cared for and ready for school.

Invest in Children Programs & Services:

   Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a high-quality and affordable preschool program for 3-5 year-olds that will help them enter kindergarten prepared for success.
 
   
  Newborn Home Visiting 
  Taking a newborn baby home can be overwhelming to new parents. You may be eligible to receive a FREE home visit from a registered nurse. The nurse will come to your home to provide information to you about your baby's health and care. more...
   
  Home Visiting Services
  If you have a child under the age of three, you may be eligible to receive Home Visiting Services that provide support for your child’s health and development. more... 
   
  Early Childhood Mental Health 
  Your child’s emotional health during the early years of life is very important. The way emotional and behavioral health is handled can make a lasting difference. more...
   
  Home-based Early Literacy Services 
  Would you like to help your child have a good start in school? SPARK is a free in-home program for 3 & 4 year olds to help children learn and practice skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten. more...
   
  Quality Child Care 
  Good child care is much more than babysitting. It is gently guiding children as they learn about themselves and the world around them. It is helping them master the skills and lessons of everyday life. more... 
   
  Special Needs Child Care 
  Like any other youngster, a child with special needs requires love, support and a good start in life. But your special child may need more. There is a program that can help— Special Needs Child Care. more... 
   
  Prenatal Education and Information 
  Prenatal Home Visits will provide a caring person to help you with all your questions. Your Home Visitor will make home visits to make sure all of your prenatal care needs are met. more...
   

Helpful Information and Tips For Parents of Young Children:

 
  Brain Development 
 

Did you know that 85% of your child's brain develops in the first five years of his life? That means that the experiences he has at home and in the care you choose while you're at work or at school greatly impact his future. more...

   
  Safe Sleep for Babies 
  There are Safe Sleep Top 10 according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). more...
   
  Health & Safety Tips 
  You will need a car safety seat to bring your baby home from the hospital. Never let your baby ride in a vehicle without an infant car safety seat. more...
   
  Medical Home 
  Having a Medical Home helps to create consistent, quality healthcare for your child. more...
   
  Lead Poisoning Prevention 
  Lead poisoning happens when lead enters the body. Even at very low levels, lead can damage a child’s brain, cause behavior and learning problems, and slow growth. more...