Report

Research indicates that what happens to children before they enter kindergarten is critical to the goal of achieving reading proficiency for all by the third grade. This brief summarizes the content and results of a project undertaken by the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in eight cities to explore approaches to strengthening local school readiness systems (Atlanta, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Denver, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee and Providence).

January 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    A description of the project undertaken by the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) to explore approaches to strengthening local school readiness systems.

  2. 2

    An overview of the 4 steps of the project (System Scan, Involve and Obtain Advice from Relevant Local Organizations, School Readiness Brief and Plans for Next Steps).

  3. 3

    The results of an assessment done on the initiative as it was underway, and what lessons were learned in implementing school readiness programs.

  4. 4

    Implementations and recommendations for school readiness systems on a state level.

Key Takeaway

The coherence of existing school readiness systems varies substantially across sites.

Up to one-half of the gap in achievement scores in school can be attributed to gaps already evident at the time of school entry. Once established, these gaps are difficult to diminish after school begins.

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