On November 13th more than 50 individuals gathered for the Dallas County Early Childhood Joint 0-5 Coalition with the common intention of improving Kindergarten readiness. Currently only 49% of our students enter Kindergarten ready, so there is a great opportunity for the impact we can have working collectively. While there are many factors that influence a child entering Kindergarten school ready, this Coalition is focused primarily on increasing access to quality early childhood education, increasing parent and family awareness of the importance of the early years, and aligning measurement and practice.
During this meeting the awareness working group shared the progress they are making to establish an awareness effort targeting parents with children age 0-5 to reinforce the importance of quality early education and educational interactions at home. We also broke into three small groups to plan for the upcoming spring pre-K registration efforts. There were many great ideas including: