Welcome to Upstream Investments
This policy, sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and widely supported throughout the community, seeks to eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education and good health in nurturing home and community environments.The three primary strategies are:
Invest Early: Whenever possible, dedicate funding and other resources to prevention-focused policies and interventions.
Invest Wisely: Ensure that upstream policies and interventions have the highest possible likelihood of success by selecting those that are backed by sound evidence.
Invest Together: Focus community-wide upstream policies and interventions on preventing six targeted factors and improving 26 indicators of success to achieve the Upstream vision, mission, goals, and measureable impacts.
The Road to the Early Achievement and Development of Youth (READY) is a unique cross-sector partnership guided by the vision of local collective-impact initiatives, Upstream Investments and Cradle to Career. READY seeks to increase access to quality early childhood education and facilitate the transition of young learners from early education to kindergarten, with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap.
The Fall 2016 READY Report, released in March 2017, analyzed school readiness data from 2,052 kindergarten students across 11 school districts in Sonoma County and found that approximately 2 in 5 participating kindergarteners entered school “Ready to Go”, with significant disparities by home language.
For more information or how to get involved, please contact READY@schsd.org.