In the heart of the Fox Valley region, we find ourselves on an extraordinary mission in the realm of early childhood development. At First 5 Fox Valley, we passionately recognize the vital importance of engaging community partners in large-scale, collaborative, and sustainable ventures. Our mission is to ensure that every child in the tri-county area has the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy, and equipped to reach their full potential.

We plan to achieve this goal by breaking down silos, aligning parallel efforts, and fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making, we are setting a new standard for community empowerment. Let’s take a closer look at how we’re making a difference.

A Vision for a Connected Community

Our journey began with a clear understanding of the need for a model that could seamlessly connect families to essential services while prioritizing equity, access, solutions, and impact. This realization gave birth to “Help Me Grow – Fox Valley,” a groundbreaking initiative that would transform our region’s approach to early childhood support.

In 2019, we convened a Community Visioning Summit that brought together a diverse group of collaborators and decision-makers. These individuals joined forces as equal partners in advancing early childhood development, forging valuable relationships along the way. It was at this summit that our initiative received its new name, and the First 5 Fox Valley mission statement was crafted: “To cultivate a community that empowers and supports every family to build a solid foundation for children in their first five years.”

A Cross-Sector Collaborative

Our success is built on a robust cross-sector collaborative that includes key partners representing a wide range of domains. These partners include families, school districts, healthcare providers, colleges and universities, employers, philanthropic organizations, faith-based and service organizations, libraries, as well as prominent community organizations like the YMCA, United Way, and Rotary International. Together, we span across Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties, ensuring a comprehensive approach to early childhood development.

This collaborative effort has not only united us as stakeholders but also inspired innovative solutions and sustainable change. At First 5 Fox Valley, we are more than just an initiative; we are a testament to the power of community-driven change.

In summary, our dedication to engaging community partners and fostering collaboration has created a thriving ecosystem of support for children in their crucial first five years. By breaking down barriers, sharing evidence-based practices, and prioritizing equity and access, we are cultivating a brighter future for the Fox Valley’s youngest residents. As we continue to champion the cause of early childhood development, First 5 Fox Valley stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared vision. Our journey is marked by hope, progress, and the unwavering commitment to the well-being of our community’s children.