This page hosts some of the work of a Collective Impact Initiative focused on ensuring that all children, families, schools, and communities are ready together for Kindergarten. It will be updated in July.

Meeting Notes:
(Force Field Analysis)
What does it mean for children and schools to be ready for Kindergarten?

Links and Resources:
National School Readiness Initiative
(The School Readiness Indicators Initiative was a multi-state initiative that uses child well-being indicators to build a change agenda in states and local communities in order to improve school readiness and ensure early school success. The task of participating states was to develop a set of child outcome and systems indicators for children from birth through the fourth-grade reading test, an important red flag for children most at-risk for poor long-term outcomes, such as dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, and juvenile crime.)

School Readiness Initiative Model - Tennessee
(Tennessee’s School Readiness Model emphasizes that the state’s children will be ready to succeed in school only when families, communities and schools work together on their behalf throughout the early childhood years*. For “readiness” is not seen solely as a condition within a child, but is a condition that exists when communities, schools and families collectively create a nurturing environment for child development starting at birth.)

Early Development Instrument Link One
Early Development Instrument Link Two
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire developed by Dr. Dan Offord and Dr. Magdalena Janus at the Offord Centre for at McMaster University. The questionnaire has 104 questions and measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes.