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Healthy Business and Creative Partnerships Strengthen Quality Early Care and Education

by Heidi H. Schlueter
May/June 2010
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"My dream is to create a national model that breaks the generational cycle of poverty. If all of us come together to fight the most devastating disease facing children in the United States poverty we will create a model that works. I believe that First Children's Finance is an important part of the prescription."

These are the words of Dr. Marcella Wilson, president and CEO of Matrix Human Services in the heart of southwest Detroit. First Children's Finance is a national nonprofit organization located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose work strives to break the cycle of poverty, starting with those who care for and educate our nation's youngest citizens child care businesses. First Children's Finance asks the question: How do we talk about providing quality child care to children who need it most unless child care businesses are financially sound? Furthermore, quality care requires creative partnerships, and healthy businesses are required to make effective partners.

In my work as the director of state operations and development for First Children's Finance, I have had the great fortune to meet with some extremely resourceful early childhood leaders across the country. Recently, I traveled to Detroit to visit child care center directors and a ...

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