Improving School Readiness Outcomes

Lessons from Six Communities

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

December 26, 2003


This report describes six local government efforts to achieve improved school readiness for young children. Selected by early childhood experts, examples across five states — including two California counties — highlight some of the most effective and innovative approaches to address community needs around early childhood school readiness. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Locally Embedded Early Learning

Early learning systems that aim to achieve improved school readiness are most effective when they are locally embedded at the neighborhood level. In this way, early learning experiences and supports best meet the specific needs of young children and their families.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations