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Welcome to Monroe Smart Start
The Birth-to-five coalition is working together to create a community where children are ready for school and ready for life!

Our Vision:
All children in Monroe County will enter school with the skills and attributes they need to be successful, nurtured by families sensitive to their needs and supported by a community committed to helping children reach their full potential.

Kindergarten Readiness Materials

Familiarizing yourself with the appropriate kindergarten readiness skills will help your child be better prepared for a successful school beginning. We now have a School Readiness Checklist developed by Monroe Smart Start Birth-to-Five Coalition and approved by MCCSC and RBB school districts.

Do you have an infant or toddler? Our 12-page early childhood guide is for you! This booklet's focus on school readiness will help you give your baby a smart start.

Download the School Readiness Checklist and Kindergarten Readiness Booklet

Monroe Smart Start Directory

Looking for birth- to- five services that support a child’s physical, mental and developmental well-being?

- Search for services, organizations, and business
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Learning begins at birth. In the first years of life, a child's brain develops at a faster pace than during any other time. That growth depends on nurturing caregiving, from parents and others, and is the foundation for all the learning and development that follows.
Monroe Smart Start includes all the people who support young children - their families, early care and education providers, health and human service providers, and their city - to ensure that every child in Monroe County has the nurturing early care and experiences that provide a solid foundation for success in school and in life.

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This video sums up why what we do for our young children is so important: “Change the first five years and you change everything”

Born Learning Play Path
Look. Laugh. Play. Learn. Click here for an introduction to the Born Learning Play Path on Clear Creek Trail.


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“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier.  If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.”

–Barbara Coloroso