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Early Childhood Action Plan

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The Chatham Kids Matter Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP) is a comprehensive blueprint guiding collaborative action to address opportunities and challenges in the Early Child Care System in Chatham.


This Action Plan is guided by the findings of the Early Childhood Community Needs Assessment conducted prior to action planning, and integrates recommendations from the Fiscal Analysis.


As Chatham County continues to recover from the pandemic and prepare for a period of sustained economic growth, this ECAP will be a living, practical document to support fostering an Early Childhood System that enables all of Chatham’s youngest residents and their families to thrive!

What's in the ECAP? 

The ECAP was created with input from over 450 Chatham County parents, caregivers, child care providers, and community leaders and over 30 community partners. 

The ECAP offers a range of strategies and recommendations to address the key critical needs identified in the Community Needs Assessment, with supporting quantiative and qualitatve data. 

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The Chatham Kids Matter Community Collaborative and ECAP Advisory Committee worked together to
recommend five action steps for initial implementation.


These five recommended action steps address
the four focus areas (Child Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Child Care Access, Child Care Infrastructure, and
High-Quality Learning), as well as the three types of recommendations and strategies (Collaborative,
Equity-Oriented, and Fiscal).

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