On the Table is a nationwide community engagement initiative with a simple premise: on one day, people gather in small groups to share food and conversation, discussing how to make their community a strong, vibrant place to live. When the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with support from the Knight Foundation, decided to bring On the Table to our region and asked EarlyWorks to help them launch and run the initiative, we jumped at the chance.
We’re painfully aware that many young children miss out on critical learning opportunities well before their first day of kindergarten. So when Detroit Head Start asked us to breathe new life into their powerful program, we didn’t hesitate to raise our hand.
Words unlock success for children. Closing the word gap ensures all children have the vocabulary skills they need for school success, particularly in reading readiness and social development. And that’s a big challenge, one that cities across the country are grappling with. In Detroit, Say & Play with Words (Hablen y Jueguen con Palabras) brings together trusted funders and community organizations to find solutions for two Detroit neighborhoods. We had the opportunity to brand this bilingual, multimedia community effort.