Invest Early is a school readiness program in Itasca County for infants through age five. It's a unique partnership that includes four school districts: Deer River, Grand Rapids-Bigfork, Greenway, and Nashwauk-Keewatin. The schools share staff, classrooms, and state and local funding with Head Start, Itasca Community College, Itasca County Social Services, and the Blandin Foundation to make pre-school available to children at risk in the County. About five hundred children are currently enrolled at over thirty sites around the County, with many more on the waiting list.
Part One: Suli and Henry