The early years of a child’s education are critical to forming a solid formation for future academic success. Children who are prepared for kindergarten are better able to navigate the school systems with appropriate social-emotional adjustment along with acceptable behaviors. These children also experience superior academic performance not only in kindergarten but also in the early primary grades.

ROC the Future’s School Readiness Outcome Team has evaluated several factors that contribute to school readiness and the data and trends in the Rochester City School District to determine goals and strategies.

Strategies Used to Influence Outcomes

The School Readiness Outcome Team is using the following strategies to strengthen school readiness.

  • Provision of Universal Early Pre-Kindergarten (EPK)
  • Comprehensive developmental screening for three-year-old children (in conjunction with GROW Rochester)
  • Increase capacity in the community to provide services indicated by screenings
  • Increasing participation in summer learning programs
  • Increasing the number of families receiving home visits
  • Increasing the number of parents involved in skills training groups

Current Conditions

The Children’s Institute has provided the following data points for the 2017-2018 school year (using the COR Advantage assessment):

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of four-year-old children in RCSD — kindergarten-ready

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of four-year-old children in RCSD — kindergarten-ready after SummerLeap

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of three-year-old-children in RCSD — received comprehensive developmental screening

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Current Goals

 By 2020

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of four-year-old children in RCSD — kindergarten-ready

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of four-year-old children in Summer Leap — kindergarten ready

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of three-year-old-children in RCSD — received comprehensive developmental screening

SCHOOL READINESS OUTCOMES TEAM

Team Lead: Children’s Institute, Nazareth College
Membership: ABC Headstart, ABVI-Goodwill, Child Care Council, City of Rochester, Common Ground Health, ECE Quality Council, Greater Rochester Quality Council, Healthy Baby Network, Hillside Children’s Center, Mt. Hope Family Center/U of R, Metro Council for Teen Potential, Monroe Community College, Monroe County Dept. of Public Health, Nazareth College, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Regional Early Childhood Direction Center, Rochester City School District, Rochester Regional Hospital, Rochester YMCA, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, Step by Step Developmental Services, The Children’s Agenda, United Way of Greater Rochester, University of Rochester Dept. of Pediatrics, SUNY Brockport, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, Monroe BOCES

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