Did you know more children are being cared for by someone other than their parents than ever before?
Nationwide, 61% of children ages birth-6 receive some form of child care on a regular basis from persons other than their parents.






Overview
The School Readiness Indicators Initiative is a multi-state initiative that uses child well-being indicators to build a change agenda in states and local communities in order to improve school readiness and ensure early school success. The task of participating states is to develop a set of child outcome and systems indicators for children from birth through the fourth-grade reading test, an important red flag for children most at-risk for poor long-term outcomes, such as dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, and juvenile crime.

State Teams
The Initiative involves 17 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. State teams work individually and as a group to develop a comprehensive set of measures to monitor school readiness and service system outcomes for children and families. Each team consists of multi-agency senior policy and data staff.

National Meetings
National Meetings invite representatives from state teams together to provide peer-to-peer support on indicator development and conceptual issues, data and technology issues, and communications strategies. Our first National Meeting was held October 2001. Our second National Meeting was held May 2002. Our third National Meeting was held November 2002.

Residency Roundtables
Residency Roundtables are convened two to four times a year to tackle tough conceptual issues in a focused way. During these roundtables, state leaders and field experts work together to make accelerated progress in priority areas. Our first Residency Roundtable was held April 2002 on the topic of social and emotional development of young children. Our second roundtable was held September 2002 on the topic of language and literacy.

Technical Assistance
Expert consultants with selected skills and experience are engaged as needed to support the work of the Initiative. The primary role of the consultants is to provide assistance to the network of states as a whole or to groups of states with common issues. The consultations take a variety of formats, including commissioned papers on priority issues and participation at National Meetings and Residency Roundtables. On a selective basis, expert consultants provide on-site consultation to individual states in order to advance their indicator agendas.

Project Management and Funding
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, a multi-issue children's policy organization, is the lead agency for this national initiative. Funding is provided through the generous support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.


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The School Readiness Indicators Initiative is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
The 17-state initiative is managed by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT