Steepletown Preschool Grows, Scores High on ELNC Quality Assessments

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When the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) first came together in 2010, data showed many communities in the urban core lacked quality early childhood education, with the Steepletown neighborhood being one of those. According to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan dropped to 40th in the nation for children’s education,… Read more »

Graduation – Success For The Students

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Guest Blogger: Melanie At the end of January, I was notified that GED Testing Services (GTS) was recommending a new scale for passing the GED and that they were also recommending the decision be retroactive to January 1, 2014. I was so excited- especially about the retroactive possibilities. Michigan finally published their decision in late… Read more »

What Can I Do

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Guest Blogger: Erika Purcell-Williams, Programs Director It seems like there’s a new story on the news each evening about someone being in need, some family losing out on an opportunity, or some group struggling to stay in business. Sometimes, it may seem as if we encounter even more people around the holidays that have pretty… Read more »

Seeing Is Believing

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They say “seeing is believing” so I jumped into the car on Monday, October 19th, for a road trip to New York and Boston. For two years I have wanted to visit a couple different programs that have been doing some remarkable work with “disconnected” young adults, defined as 18-24 year-olds neither working nor in… Read more »

Holding the Door

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Guest Blogger:  Emilio Zamarripa, Youth Development Director On the evening of October 1, 2015, a group of about 30 people gathered to celebrate three young adults for accomplishing a goal they had set for themselves in 2014. It wasn’t listed in the papers or shown on any news outlets. However, the reported impact of the… Read more »

From Crayons & Naptime to Caps & Gowns

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Guest Blogger: Erika Purcell-Williams   Imagine months and months of Play-Doh being stuck in your fingernails, wiping up milk spills from the floor, cleaning toothpaste off of bathroom mirrors, finding crayons in odd places, and listening to high-pitched squeals at sunrise. Seems like a large order, right? Now imagine seeing the faces of children light… Read more »

Taste The West Side – Neighborhood Recognition Award

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Those who attended this year’s Taste on Wednesday evening understand better why Steepletown designated this as “The Year of the Chef”.  The food was incredibly good, but how it came about is a deeper testament to this designation.  Kitchen Sage, the “hearth” of Steepletown, reached out to some neighboring food venues and brought them both… Read more »