Everybody Ready! Offers New Weekly Column

The News-Herald has begun featuring a new weekly column that will address the concerns of young children, ages newborn through five. Developed with Everybody Ready!, a community initiative in southern Wayne county, the column features information from area authorities and is devoted to “heightening awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and helping the community deal with problems faced raising children.”

In the first column written by John Colina, president of Everybody Ready!, he said “What happens during the first five years of a child’s life literally wires the brain. That wiring can turn potential into reality.”

Colina describes how his organization plans to work with families, caregivers and the community to ensure that all children will be physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually prepared to enter kindergarten “ready to learn, ready to succeed, ready for life.” Part of his organization’s work includes providing an “Infant Ready” kit to every mother giving birth at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (HFWH) and the Oakwood Health System. Additionally, new mothers at HFWH will be given a book titled “Building Your Baby’s Brain.”

Other authorities scheduled to contribute to the Everybody Ready! weekly column during 2002 include Patricia Cole, superintendent of Wyandotte Public Schools, Randy Hicks, Human Resources Director at BASF Corporation, Pat Sargent, Director of Early Childhood Services at The Guidance Center and Jeff DeVries, Chief of Staff at Oakwood Pediatrics.

Everybody Ready! is organized by The Guidance Center as part of its participation in the Joining Forces initiative. The Skillman Foundation funds three of the nine Joining Forces sites.