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About The School Readiness Project 

What is the Chemung County School Readiness Project?
What does “school readiness” mean?
What is the School Readiness Project trying to accomplish?
How will the School Readiness Project achieve its goal?
How is the initiative funded?
How is the program managed and governed?
How did the School Readiness Project begin?
 

What is the Chemung County School Readiness Project?
The School Readiness Project is a ground-breaking new early childhood system that increases opportunities for all adults to nurture the healthy physical, social and cognitive development of children age 0 – 5 in Chemung County. With a solid foundation of early learning experiences, more children will be primed to be successful learners by the time they start Kindergarten.

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What does “school readiness” mean?
The term school readiness refers to the set of skills children need by the time they begin kindergarten as a foundation for further learning.

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What is the School Readiness Project trying to accomplish?
The goal of the SRP is to reduce the percentage of unprepared kindergartners from the current (2005) rate of 39 percent to 20 percent or fewer over five years.

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How will the School Readiness Project achieve its goal?
All activities of the SRP work together to increase opportunities for adults to nurture healthy development in young children at home, in early care and learning settings and in the community. The project’s activities fall into four broad program categories that structure the initiative:

  • Nurse Home Visits – All families in Chemung County can sign up when a baby is born for home visits by trusted nurses trained in early child development. Nurses help monitor the child’s developmental progress and answer parents’ questions. If a developmental delay or health problem exists, nurses connect the family with the help the child needs to move beyond it.
  • Excellent Early Care and Education Programs – The SRP is advancing strategies to both increase the availability of quality early learning programs and to improve the quality of existing programs. Rigorous new standards of quality have been adopted in the county, and SRP staff work closely with early education providers to help them achieve excellent quality. SRP leaders work with funding partners and existing providers to increase access to care where gaps exist.
  • Parent Learning – Parents are their children’s first and best teachers. All people have natural strengths they bring to the job of parenting. SRP offers formal and informal parent education opportunities as well as convenient learning resources to Chemung County residents. With tools and tactics to accentuate their natural strengths, parents will find it easier to raise healthy children who have a solid foundation for learning.
  •  Healthcare – Local pediatricians will enhance the efforts of nurse home visitors and parent educators by consulting on content relating to children’s physical and behavioral well-being. A speaker’s bureau of local physicians will address community groups on topics relevant to the health of young children, particularly prevention of respiratory illness. The healthcare group leaders also are leading efforts to define a community framework of behavioral intervention services.

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How is the initiative funded?
Our funding partners include The Community Foundation, Chemung County, the State of New York and the Elmira City School District. These partners have delivered new funding and resources to support the efforts of the implementation partners. In addition, every early childhood partner has committed to maintain their current budgets and spending targeted to early childhood programs through at least 2011. 

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How is the program managed and governed?
In addition to grant monies, the Community Foundation is providing a dedicated program leader who is responsible for program management and oversight. The program is governed by the Readiness Council, a committee of the Community Foundation. The committee comprises community leaders and stakeholders including representatives from the business community, the county legislature, educators and parents. This council reports to the Community Foundation Board of Directors.

To ensure that the project is effective in preparing young children for success in school, an independent evaluator from Columbia University will assess our effectiveness, provide feedback and make program recommendations.

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How did the School Readiness Project begin?
The School Readiness Project was conceived by early childhood-focused organizations working together to develop a better way to foster the healthy development of children ages 0-5 years. The Elmira City School District, Chemung County Childcare Council, EOP/Headstart, CIDS, Department of Social Services, Family Reading Partnership, Cornell University and Southern Tier Pediatrics remain involved as implementation partners

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