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Infancy to Innovation Framework
Infancy to Innovation (I2I) is a systems change framework employed across community sectors and coalitions to improve developmental outcomes for all children. The framework combines community resources to promote positive transitions for all children through three critical stages of development: 1) early childhood, 2) middle childhood/early adolescence, and 3) late adolescence/early adulthood. Because we know that success in each of these critical transitions requires that children have access to multiple supports and opportunities, our ultimate goal is to affect change at all levels of the community systems that support development – that is, family, neighborhood, organizations, and community.

Infancy to Innovation targets systems change by integrating and improving existing systems for each transition stages to form a seamless web of supports at key points in development. This framework focuses on systems that support all vulnerable children with a special emphasis on children living in areas of concentrated poverty.

Capital Area Infancy to Innovation (I2I)
In Ingham County, I2I combines the resources of the Capital Area community, represented by the Power of We Consortium (PWC) and Michigan State University (MSU) to promote positive transitions for children and youth through critical stages of development.

The Capital Area I2I works towards the goal that by 2020 all children, youth, and young adults in the Capital Area will grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy. UCP is a member of the Capital Area I2I Operations Team, which facilitates the day-to-day implementation of the framework.

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