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Learning from Starting Points: Findings from the Starting Points Assessment Project
Jane Knitzer with the assistance of Fida Adely

The report provides a systematic analysis of an ambitious, flexible and comprehensive four-and-one-half year systems change initiative begun in 1995.  The initiative's goal was to foster the well-being of very young children and their families by promoting responsible parenting that ensured good health and child safety, guaranteed child care choices, and mobilized communities to help out young children and their families. The report highlights commonalities and variations across the 11 participating sites regarding structure, core strategies and activities, and observable and process-related outcomes. The report reflects on the issues and challenges of trying to deepen links across early childhood, child health and family support activities through systems change, program enhancement and community mobilization strategies specific to programs. The report contains lessons for funders and policymakers.

(Adapted from information in Learning from Starting Points:  Findings from the Starting Points Assessment Project, October 2002, found on the website of the National Center for Children in Poverty, http://www.nccp.org, and used with the permission of the National Center for Children in Poverty)


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