Fifth National Meeting
This is the Fifth National Meeting of the 17-state School Readiness Indictors Initiative which aims to use child-well-being indicators to improve school readiness and ensure early school success. Over the first two and a half years of the Initiative, states have worked individually and collectively to develop comprehensive sets of measures to monitor the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and economic well-being of young children. Between now and the final national meeting of this initiative in May of 2004, states will select a set of indicators that reflect state policy goals and state investments in programs and policies for young children and families as well as child outcomes. States will also put in place communications strategies to share their selected set of indicators with policymakers, opinion leaders and the public in order to improve school readiness in their states.
- To share state strategies and plans for the final six months of the initiative, including ideas for written indicator products, progress in collecting and analyzing data, communication strategies for the release of school readiness indicators and plans to continue to build an early childhood agenda in the state.
- To explore and develop policy strategies for early childhood programs and systems.
- To consider information from the Birth to Three Indicators Residency Roundtable as states develop their set of school readiness indicators.
- To highlight data successes and to share ideas for solving data challenges in critical policy areas.
- To provide opportunities for participants to meet in state and cross-state teams to apply information from experts and initiative colleagues to their own state work.