The first few years of a child’s life are absolutely critical when it comes to brain development and setting the stage for future success. At the Office of Early Childhood Initiatives in Milwaukee, we understand the importance of these early years and are dedicated to providing enhanced learning opportunities to every child between the ages of birth and three years old. We believe that every child, regardless of their family’s background, deserves the best possible start in life, and that’s why we offer a range of early childhood programs designed to promote healthy development and support families as they navigate the ups and downs of early childhood.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of our most important initiatives and show you how they’re making a real difference in the lives of Milwaukee’s youngest residents.

Connecting Families and Childcare Providers with Resources

One of the main goals of OECI is to ensure that families and childcare providers have access to the resources they need to promote healthy development and early learning. We work closely with community organizations and service providers to identify and connect families with resources such as health care, nutrition assistance, and early childhood education programs.

Our Suite of Programs for a Strong Foundation: Empowering Early Learning

At OECI, we take pride in our wide range of programs that aim to provide every child with the best possible start in life. Our initiatives are carefully crafted to promote healthy development and cultivate social-emotional growth in young children, ensuring that they grow into well-rounded individuals. We understand that each child is unique, which is why we offer a variety of programs that cater to different needs and interests.

Below are some of our most vital initiatives that have been positively impacting the lives of Milwaukee’s youngest residents:

Mighty Small Moments – Empowering Parents as Their Child’s First Teacher

The Mighty Small Moments initiative is a powerful movement that aims to empower parents by showing them how even the smallest moments can have a significant impact on their child’s growth and development. We create special learning zones in everyday places like laundromats, grocery stores, and bus stops, where families can engage in meaningful activities that promote early learning and social-emotional development.

By recognizing and celebrating parents as their child’s first teachers, we’re able to provide accessible and empowering support to families of all backgrounds, helping them give their children the best possible start in life.

Welcome to Milwaukee – Giving Babies a Bright Start

The first few months of a baby’s life can be overwhelming for new parents, which is why our Welcome to Milwaukee program, one of the elevated and most enrolled early childhood programs, is here to provide them with the resources they need. We partner with the St. Joseph Campus of Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital to distribute care packages that are specifically tailored to the needs of new families. Our packages include valuable information about early brain development, along with practical resources to help parents put that knowledge into practice. By empowering families with the tools they need to support their baby’s development from day one, we’re laying the foundation for a lifetime of success.

Bridges to School MKE – Strengthening Connections Between Early Childhood Education and Community Schools

At the Office of Early Childhood Initiatives, we’re proud to partner with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Community Schools in our Bridges to School MKE program. Our mission is clear: to show that a strong connection between early childhood education settings and Community Schools leads to better outcomes for children and families alike.

Through this collaboration, we’re able to provide a seamless transition from early childhood education to elementary school, setting children up for success from the very start.

LENA Program – Building Early Vocabulary and Stimulating Brain Development

The LENA Program, a renowned national nonprofit, is committed to assisting Milwaukee families in fostering greater communication with their young children. Through our parenting classes, parents of babies and toddlers can engage with others, learn practical techniques for stimulating their child’s brain development, and boost their early vocabulary. With a focus on establishing a solid foundation for lifelong learning, we’re helping to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive.


In conclusion, the Office of Early Childhood Initiatives (OECI) is dedicated to providing the most crucial and booming early learning opportunities to all children in Milwaukee. Our collaborative approach, working with families, childcare providers, and community organizations, enables us to support healthy development and set the stage for lifelong success. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life, and through our range of programs, we strive to make that a reality.

If you’re interested in learning more about our early childhood programs or getting involved, please visit our website or contact us directly. Together, we can help ensure that every child in Milwaukee has the opportunity to thrive.