Advancing Early Learning Shelby County's aims of ensuring more children in early care and education are connected with a high-quality program and that their families are engaged and supported. Each Action Team has its own leadership, mission, goals and objectives that are aligned with the overarching goals of Early Learning Shelby county. Action Teams meet monthly and are open doors in order to continually engage more people who have interest and expertise in these four key work areas:
Registered Ministry Care and Education
Family Engagement and Education
Health and Wellness
Early Learning Ministry Advocacy Team for Shelby County
Where parents have a choice and ministries have a voice!
The mission of the Early Learning Ministry Advocacy Team is to encourage and recognize Registered Ministries provide quality, Christian education and engage in continuous improvement.
Chair: Angi Elliot
Kidzone Preschool & Childcare
Co-Chair: Jennifer Wainscott
St. Joseph Catholic School
Meetings are held monthly from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm on the last Thursday of each month at a rotating ministry location.
Finding quality care and education is hard.
Nearly 70% of Shelby County children need care while their parents are working. Most Shelby County children spend large amounts of time outside of the home in early care and education settings or out-of-school programs.
Quality care can be hard to find and afford, especially for low-income and County-residing families.
Many of the youngest and most vulnerable Shelby County children are not getting the best early education opportunities.
14% of Shelby County children live below the poverty line
Less than 40% of Shelby County children are enrolled in known early education or out-of-school program.
A single parent living in poverty pays 40% of their income to access a high-quality care program in Shelby County.