Early Learning Communities graduation at the Detroit Zoo

August 9th, 2010
At the end of the graduation program, children held up signs on stage thanking their parents and caregivers for being part of the ELC initiative.

More than 1000 parents, caregivers and children attended the first annual Early Learning Communities graduation ceremony. The event was held at the Detroit Zoo. ELCs provide free training and resources to parents and caregivers so that they can prepare children to be “ready to learn” when the children enter school. Southwest Solutions’ family literacy program runs six ELC sites in Detroit.

The ELC initiative in metro Detroit is funded by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). Ten agencies partner with the United Way to run ELC hubs in metro Detroit. All ten agencies were represented at the graduation ceremony.

To be eligible to participate in the graduation event, ELC enrollees had to complete either 20 or 40 hours of early childhood training through the ELC program.

Southwest Solutions had 130 ELC graduates from its sites. This is more than half of all the ELC graduates at the ceremony.

In addition, Southwest Solutions brought more than 525 people to the event, including the 130 ELC graduates, their children and other family members. 

The graduation ceremony was sponsored by Panera and ECIC. The United Way Educational Preparedness team hosted the event.

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