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ERIC Number: ED511679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-16
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools through P-20 Councils: A View from Arizona
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
This report is an overview and summary of the Arizona 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 May 30, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. Six dozen educators, education experts and advocates gathered during the one-day forum to map out ways in which they might bring change to Arizona's education system. Already, the state is leading the way. In late 2006, voters agreed to funnel an estimated $150 million a year from a tobacco tax to a new program known as First Things First, aimed at improving access to quality care for newborns and children through the age of five years old, and at coordinating the efforts of educators, caregivers, families, tribal governments, communities and health care professionals. And a year before the proposition made it on the ballot, Gov. Janet Napolitano created the P-20 Council to improve education from early childhood through the post-secondary years. Forum participants recommended: (1) Aligning early learning standards with K-3 standards; (2) Determining what "ready schools" mean; (3) Collecting data on where younger children are receiving care, including organized child care centers, public or private preschools, home-based care and "kin" care; (4) Developing an agenda for those early years so that all children will be ready for kindergarten; (5) Building a pipeline among educators at different levels so that children learn on a smooth continuum; integrating their care from the earliest years through post-graduate work; (6) Educating the public on the P-20 system so that there is a broader understanding of how early learning fits into the whole. Making sure agencies on all levels send the same message; (7) Creating unique identifiers for children so that they may be tracked beginning in the early years and, possibly, receive individualized learning plans; (8) Improving the "art of communication," including reading, writing and speaking among all students; and (9) Investigating how best to certify teachers at all levels
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: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation; Education Commission of the States
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States; Kellogg Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Arizona