Enter Kindergarten Ready


Goal

To prepare all children entering kindergarten for success

This Change Network seeks to ensure that all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. It is currently focused on outreach to and enrollment of hard-to-reach families to ensure their children are engaged in early learning activities. The group has developed targeted action plans to:

  • Increase access by encouraging broader use of the Early Learning Portal and conducting targeted outreach and canvassing.
  • Raise the quality of programs by strengthening professional development systems and improving coordination of quality supports across programs.

Enter Kindergarten Ready is convened by the Early Learning Executive Council.

Recent accomplishments of this Change Network:

Early Learning Enrollment campaign

Launched a Back to School/Early Learning Enrollment campaign.

Quality improvement of programs

Increased the number of programs rated “Gold” on the State’s new ExceleRate Quality Rating Improvement System.

In the months ahead, this Change Network will:

  • Convene a work group to develop strategy and content for an extension of text4baby (the free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health), that will be Chicago-specific and include information about early care and education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and city events and opportunities.

Contact

For more information or to become involved, please email us.