First 5 Fox Valley is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a significant grant of $100,000 by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). This grant, known as the PDG (Preschool Development Grant) Community Innovation Grant, will play a pivotal role in advancing our commitment to early childhood development and support within the community. The grant’s primary objectives are to bolster our existing programs and launch new initiatives aimed at nurturing the healthy development of young children. Here is a breakdown of how these funds will be utilized: 1. Support and Expansion of Help Me Grow Centralized Access Point: The grant will enable us to enhance the Help Me Grow program’s Centralized Access Point. Help Me Grow is a vital resource for families seeking guidance and assistance in navigating the complexities of child development services. With this grant, we aim to improve accessibility to these crucial resources for families throughout the Fox Valley area. 2. Expansion of Developmental Screening Project: We recognize the importance of early detection and intervention in child development. A significant portion of the grant will be dedicated to expanding our developmental screening project. This initiative focuses on conducting developmental assessments for young children to identify and address any potential developmental concerns promptly. 3. Introduction of a Family Outreach Navigator: As part of our expansion efforts, we are excited to announce the addition of a Family Outreach Navigator to our team. The Family Outreach Navigator will serve as a dedicated point of contact for families, assisting them in connecting with the right services and resources related to child development and support. This role will be pivotal in ensuring that families receive the personalized guidance and support they need. First 5 Fox Valley is deeply committed to creating a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. This generous grant from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families reinforces our dedication to this mission. We are profoundly grateful to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families for their support and belief in our initiatives. This grant will enable us to make a significant impact on the lives of young children and their families in our community. Together, we can provide the resources and support necessary for every child to reach their full potential.