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. 

December 25, 2003

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    A brief history and overview of early learning systems in the United States.

  2. 2

    A summary of six government efforts to develop early learning systems that achieve school readiness.

  3. 3

    A summary of common themes among well-developed initiatives to achieve school readiness for young children.

  4. 4

    Detailed descriptions of the role of government in community-wide school readiness initiatives across six sites.

  1. 5

    Lessons learned from each of the six sites engaged in developing early learning systems.

  2. 6

    Ideas and strategies to build awareness about the importance of school readiness.

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.

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