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The mission of Invest in Children is to mobilize resources and research to promote the well-being of all young children in Cuyahoga County.  We provide a continuum of targeted services, prenatal to kindergarten, for children and their families; build awareness; advocate; and measure our impact.  We aim to achieve equity in access to services and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in child and family outcomes.  

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You are part of something BIG, So big in fact, that it is changing the future of Cuyahoga County. As a partner of Invest in Children, you are helping to give our youngest children the best possible start in life, and a far better chance of success as an adult.

Invest in Children brings increased funding, resources, visibility and training to organizations like yours. You can feel confident in knowing that you are part of a network of support with one common goal: ensuring that the best possible services are provided to our youngest citizens and their families, so all of our children enter kindergarten healthy, well cared for and ready to learn.

Invest in Children Agencies Programs & Services
Each of Invest in Children's goals is pursued through service strategies administered by the lead agencies and implemented through partnerships with community based organizations. Each of Invest in Children’s goals is pursued through a number of service strategies for children, from prenatal to the start of kindergarten. 
Past and Present Private Funders
List of organizations funding Invest in Children.

What is the difference between Invest in Children and the Office of Early Childhood?

Invest in Children is the name of Cuyahoga County’s early childhood system. Specifically, it is a community-wide, public/private partnership administered by the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. The Partnership is comprised of individuals, private organizations, including government agencies, community-based service providers, and philanthropic and private organizations, all working together to help increase the development, funding, visibility and impact of early childhood services in Cuyahoga County. IIC strives to serve as the umbrella for all efforts to serve young children and their families, by planning, funding, coordinating and evaluating those efforts.

The Office of Early Childhood resides within the Health and Human Services Division of Cuyahoga County, and has eight staff members under the leadership of Rebekah L. Dorman, Ph.D. The Office of Early Childhood is responsible for the oversight and management of the Invest in Children System Program including program and resource development, and evaluation, communicating about programs and services to families, early childhood providers, public officials and the general public, and advocating for federal, state and local funding to ensure a successful future for the young children of Cuyahoga County.

Why is the brain research so important?

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. A newborn's brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight, but by age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. While we know that the development of a young child's brain takes years to complete, we also know there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning.

What is the economic impact for investing in early childhood?

Investment in birth to five early education for disadvantaged children helps prevent the achievement gap, reduce the need for special education, increase the likelihood of healthier lifestyles, lower the crime rate and reduce overall social costs. In fact, every dollar invested in early childhood education produces a 10% per annum return on investment. Equitable early childhood education resources produce greater social and economic equity.

James J. Heckman, Ph.D.
2000 Nobel Laureate
Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Why is investing in early childhood a good economic development strategy?

“The children of today are the workforce of tomorrow, and unless we support them with early childhood education, the future workforce will not be of the size and ability to meet the needs of a global economy.”
James Rohr, Chairman and CEO, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
From Ready Nation, a business partnership for early childhood and economic success

“There are monetary returns for investing in programs that are going to provide predictability and stability in child care arrangements, so that parents who are also workers can focus on their jobs and be more productive in the workplace.”
Fred Nance, Regional Managing Partner, Squires, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

How can I get involved in advocating for our young children?

Invest in Children welcomes you to join the effort of advocating for our youngest citizens. Invest in Children partners with groundWork and Voices for Ohio’s Children to communicate to our legislators about the importance of funding for early care and education.