The Road to the Early Achievement and Development of Youth (Ready) is a cross-sector partnership guided by the vision of local collective impact initiatives, Upstream Investments and Cradle to Career. Built on the premise that prevention-focused policies and interventions have long-term impacts, Ready garners local support for increasing the quality of early childhood education (Ece) and facilitating the transition of young learners from early childhood education to kindergarten.
Ready builds upon the strengths of existing community activities with the goal of increasing the quality of early childhood education, promoting the successful transition of children into kindergarten, and closing the achievement gap.
Ready will be employing three strategies to help meet this bold goal: coaching for early childhood educators, place-based Ready teams, and a standard kindergarten readiness assessment. These strategies provide opportunities for enhancing the quality of early childhood education services, increasing school readiness, encouraging parental engagement, and aligning early childhood education and kindergarten.
Accepted to the Portfolio: July 2015