Ready for K Alliance
Building a head of steam rolling into Kindergarten
The first five years of a child’s life are a time of enormous social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. For children to grow into successful adults, they need a supportive and healthy early foundation. We know that nearly 1/2 of the children in our community are not prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and we know that children who start out behind, tend to stay behind. In fact, nearly 2/3 of students who reach the fourth grade without proficient reading skills end up on welfare or in prison. We are the community-wide convener in transforming Early Care and Education, based on our significant work in early childhood education including our most recent achievements with our Excellence Academy early learning centers through our collaboration with the Lift a Life Foundation and Community Coordinated Child Care. We now lead our community’s Ready for K Alliance partnership of nearly 100 partners for aligned strategies to boost improved early educational attainment, with a bold goal that 77% of our region’s children will be prepared for kindergarten by 2020.