The Ready Community

Ready communities are critical contributors who provide a foundation for seamless transitions for children from the early childhood years to formal education in kindergarten and beyond. Ready communities identify opportunities and implement key strategies to ensure and support the health, well-being, and development of all children to help them be successful in their learning experiences. Ready Communities value and support children, families, early learning and schools.

Ready communities:
  • Build collaborative opportunities among essential stakeholders to support smooth transitions and the learning of all children, birth through early elementary.
  • Engage community members in reaching the most vulnerable children and their families through innovative outreach strategies and partnerships.
  • Ensure children have access to the Early Childhood Screening program, or a comparable health and developmental screening, and other health programs (as needed), between the ages of 3 to 4 years.
  • Seek strategies to improve health care and nutrition of their community’s children and their families, including mental and dental health.
  • Increase access to effective early learning experiences and high-quality child care for all children and their families to build a strong foundation for future learning.
  • Invest resources to support all families in the community.