Get Involved

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:45 AM at the Manitowoc County Health Department.

Our Focus

We are a group of community organizations that work together to provide support for families with young children to optimize childhood development and learning. The committee has focused on 5 different initiatives and has divided into the following subgroups to work toward the mission:

  • EDUCATING families on resources for family support
  • PROMOTING early brain development through early literacy
  • ENCOURAGING developmental screening to assure age appropriate physical development
  • PROMOTING breastfeeding and early nutrition
  • SUPPORT Parent Cafés where parents can have fun and interact

These subcommittees meet as needed. If your organization is interested in joining the Investing Early Coalition, please contact Mary Halada at the health department by calling 920-683-4155.

Our Health Impact

Through our work we have been able to accomplish the following:

  • Resource information is provided to new mothers before they leave the local hospitals
  • Prepares young children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together
  • Early childhood screenings are provided in the community
  • Businesses and daycares are encouraged to become breastfeeding friendly
  • Parent Cafes encourage parents to connect and learn together


  • Aurora Medical Center Baby Care Hotline (920)794-5160
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Inc. (800)749-5437
  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (920)969-5325 or (877)568-5205
  • The Crossing (920)973-4357 or (920-242-7363 (24 hour hotline)
  • In Courage (920) 684-5770 (crisis) or (920)684-4661 (non-crisis)
  • Early Head Start/Head Start (920)683-1960
  • Holy Family Memorial (920)320-2264
  • Lakeshore Family Resources (920)682-1742
  • Lester Public Library (920)793-8888
  • Manitowoc County Birth to 3 (920)683-4230
  • Manitowoc County Health Department/WIC (920)683-4155 WIC (920)683-4526
  • Manitowoc Public Library (920)686-3030
  • Manitowoc Public School District (920) 686-4777
  • UW Extension (920)683-4171