Across our country, there is a widening gap in achievement between low-income children and their more advantaged peers. This gap is apparent before a child even reaches school and often persists throughout his or her educational career. Research consistently finds that low-income children enter school 1.5 years behind.[1] By preventing this achievement gap, our community has the opportunity to significantly impact the long-term academic success of our children.

Recognizing that many factors impact a child’s readiness for school, the Commit! Partnership has adopted a framework that includes:

  • Ready Families: Parent education and engagement
  • Ready Communities: Resources and supports for children and families
  • Ready Services: Early Childhood Education: Access to quality early childhood education
  • Ready Services: Health: Access to quality physical and mental health services
  • Ready Schools: A school’s readiness to support student success

For a closer look at some of the local data being used to focus collective efforts particularly around Ready Schools, Ready Families and Ready Services, check out this presentation from Thursday’s Community Action Breakfast:


If you’re interested in learning more or helping to shape this work, you’re invited to join a working group scheduled for late November. More details coming soon!

[1] Promoting Effective Early Learning: What Every Policymaker and Educator Should Know. (2007). New York, NY: National Center for Children in Poverty