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ERIC Number: ED507715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-5
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools: A View from Pennsylvania
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that are leading the way in ensuring children receive a continuum of care starting at birth and extending throughout childhood so that they can move seamlessly from home to child care to preschool to school, and then from grade to grade. That means children have to be ready for school. It also means that schools have to be ready for them. Change is happening, step by step. In an attempt to foster far-reaching, community-based strategies, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has invested $57 million to establish incubators in seven states and the District of Columbia through SPARK, Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids. SPARK aims to improve education for at-risk children by engendering partnerships among parents, early education providers, elementary school teachers and principals--to provide seamless transitions. Further, in 2008, hundreds of educators, education experts, community leaders and policymakers gathered in Pennsylvania and three other states at Governors' Forums: Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation and ECS. There they traded experiences and ideas for how to smooth transitions for the earliest learners and set them on a path to success. This document is an overview and summary of the Pennsylvania Governor's Forum: Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools. The forum, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Education Commission of the States, was held on December 4-5, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This report describes how Pennsylvania is blazing trails as the first state to embark on a comprehensive effort to align learning standards from birth through third grade. It also has established learning standards for infants and toddlers as well as for children in preschool, kindergarten and first and second grades; crafted assessment tools to measure children's achievement and progress as they enter kindergarten; expanded access to full-day kindergarten; created a unified approach to quality standards, professional development, program design and advocacy in early learning; developed a system to track children as they move through early learning, school and government agencies, and changed its certification system to align teachers' preparation with the developmental stage of their students.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kellogg Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania