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.
Successful school readiness models integrate health, nutrition, early care and education, early intervention and support services.
Integrated Design and Delivery
Effective early childhood learning systems connect different programs and people who serve young children and their families.
By building public awareness about early learning, school readiness efforts gain advocates in public education and the business community.
Statements & Quotations
School readiness is a comprehensive effort that is needed to assure that children are developing at their optimal level physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively from birth through formal school entry.
When families with young children are involved in planning, the solutions often draw heavily upon informal supports and reciprocity and are much less likely to be dependent on providers, with multiple benefits to consumers and the community.
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