Ready for School, Ready for Life is a collaborative effort to build an early childhood system that’s easier for families to access, more connected, and responsive to the needs of today’s families.
Since April 2015:
- We’ve listened to 221 families with children under the age of eight to understand what’s working and not working when getting children ready for kindergarten. Parents and caregivers shared dreams for their children, the obstacles they faced navigating the current system, and their experience of the early childhood system.
- Action Learning Teams have been working together to identify root causes of problems within the current system, have started testing solutions, and are actively applying what they learn to create continuous improvement.
- Collected quantitative data from a variety of sources to understand the current state of Guilford County’s families and young children.
- Examined best practices and emerging practices in early childhood to understand.
- Developed, tested and refined a vision and a framework for change that will guide our systems transformation efforts. This work has been guided by systems change experts Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman and Dr. Erin Watson of Michigan State University.
The pathway to kindergarten readiness and a vision for change will be shared at the Get Ready Guilford Early Childhood Summit on February 4, 2015. Contact us for more information!