Efforts toward improving kindergarten readiness are being led by the Children’s Institute through our School Readiness CAN, which has been renamed the School Readiness Outcome Team. In the new framework, adopted by Conveners in 2017, Outcome Teams will lead efforts to identify contributing factors for each of the outcomes, identify which factors are most important, and assess which are being addressed by existing organizations and identify gaps. Newly developed Strategy Teams will create gap closure plans, implement actions and track metrics for implementation, and review progress to maintain gains.
The School Readiness Outcome Team has spent the last quarter reviewing and revising the outcome team’s strategic plan with a re-visioning in the final stages. Key tactics and outcomes have been reviewed and new directions articulated to keep the group’s collective efforts focused on READY CHILD, READY COMMUNITY, READY FAMILY, READY SCHOOLS.
As a result of the 5-year strategic planning efforts a new strategy team is emerging and under review to focus on policy and advocacy efforts for early childhood funding, policy asks and related systems level efforts. Members will focus energy on defining a charter, outcomes, and rationale. Two of the existing strategy teams for the School Readiness Outcomes Team, Children Developmentally on Track by Grade 3 (formerly the Curriculum Workgroup) and the Community Providers Network, have recently re-written charters to focus their collective work. The School Readiness Outcome Team has endorsed the work that is closely aligned with the emerging strategic plan. Many of the School Readiness Outcome Team members participated in the Mayor’s Early Childhood Workforce Summit in April 2018 and are pleased about the alignment and shared effort regarding the broad workforce supporting young children and their families.
The group has a fully updated comprehensive Key Performance Indicators chart to continue defining and measuring the collaborative efforts of the School Readiness group and the associated strategy teams.