READY (Road to the Early Achievement and Development of Youth) 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 and facilitating the transition of young learners from early childhood education to Kindergarten with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap.
Since 2013, the READY project has conducted ongoing background research to support the pilot and scaling of a common kindergarten readiness assessment in Sonoma County. The school readiness assessment is paired with a parent survey to gather information on early learning experiences and family activities of children entering kindergarten. In Fall 2015, the project transitioned to an evidenced-based, classroom friendly tool called the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile (KSEP).
READY is funded by First 5 Sonoma County and supported by Cradle to Career Sonoma County, Upstream Investments, and Health Action.