ERIC Number: ED507716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools: "Building Policy on State and Community Successes"
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
More than 200 educators and child advocates from around the country issued a "call to action" during a historic national forum in late March, mobilizing in Washington to develop policies that will link ready kids to ready schools and set America's youngest learners on a path to lifelong achievement. The two-day event in late March--co-sponsored by the Education Commission of the States, Voices for America's Children, the Children's Leadership Council and select members of the Learning First Alliance--was the first national forum to focus on the dual needs of preparing children for school and preparing schools for children. It brought together key educators, academics, community activists and education advocates from 35 states to launch nothing less than a movement intended to fashion a seamless system for children from birth through age eight. Research has shown that early learning is critical to children's long-term educational attainment. The goal is success by third grade. The forum demonstrated not only the acceptance of birth through eight as critical learning years-- a dramatic shift from earlier this decade when educators zeroed in on the pre-kindergarten set--but the connections between early learning and long-term achievement. Early learning now is considered so essential as to ultimately impact America's job market, ingenuity and even national security.
Descriptors: School Readiness, Child Advocacy, Conferences (Gatherings), Articulation (Education), Transitional Programs, Alignment (Education), Change Strategies, Educational Change, Position Papers, Educational Policy, Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs, Early Childhood Education
W. K. Kellogg Foundation. One Michigan Avenue East, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Tel: 269-968-1611; Fax: 269-969-2693; Web site: http://www.wkkf.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Kellogg Foundation
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia