Early Childhood Education

Thrive by Three initiative aimed to improve outcomes for children in Santa Cruz County

Thrive by Three initiative aimed to improve outcomes for children in Santa Cruz County

ASR is the evaluator of the Thrive by Three (TBT) Fund, an initiative launched by the County of Santa Cruz in 2017 to improve outcomes for the county’s youngest and most vulnerable children, prenatal through age 3, as well as their families.

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Preparing for the School Year - Transition Summer Camps

Preparing for the School Year - Transition Summer Camps

In partnership with First 5 Sacramento, earlier this year ASR analyzed the impact of transition summer camps on school readiness outcomes and found several key takeaways including that camps are serving those children with greater readiness needs than peers and that caregivers exposed to the program showed greater engagement levels in kindergarten preparation activities such as attending a parent orientation.

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First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education and Care Summit

First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education and Care Summit

ASR attended and presented, along with local First 5 experts, at First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit from April 10-12, 2018 in Los Angeles. Read summaries of the topics covered and check out the PowerPoint presentations >>

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School Readiness Data in Action

School Readiness Data in Action

This blog post is the final installment of a four-part series about School Readiness.

In this blog post, we explore ways in which partners have used data gathered from school readiness assessments to turn the curve on readiness in their communities.

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How can we close readiness gaps?

How can we close readiness gaps?

This blog post is the third of a four-part series about School Readiness.

How can we close readiness gaps? Given the implications of school readiness for future outcomes, it is critical to know where readiness gaps occur and what can be done to help close them. 

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Measuring School Readiness

Measuring School Readiness

This blog post is the second of a four-part series about School Readiness.

How Do We Measure Readiness? At ASR, we have been measuring school readiness in communities throughout California, as well as in Arizona, North Carolina, and Illinois, since 2001.

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An Introduction to School Readiness

An Introduction to School Readiness

This blog post is the first of a four-part series about School Readiness.

According to many scholars and educators, school readiness is multifaceted and means that children are ready for school, families and communities are ready to support children’s growth and development, and schools are ready to accept children into their classrooms.

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An Education Report for the Coconino Region of Northern Arizona is a Catalyst for Change

The 2013 Coconino Community Education Report has now reached the Governor of Arizona’s desk. The report provides a comprehensive profile of education for students in both public and charter schools in Coconino County, a region of Northern Arizona. According to Kerry Blume, President and CEO of the United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA), “The Coconino Community Education Report is a catalyst for social change. This report sets in motion a clear agenda for our community to change the educational outcomes of our students.”

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More Low-Income Kindergarten Students in East San Jose Elementary School are on Track for School Success

Silicon Valley has some of the wealthiest families living in the Bay Area region, and some of the poorest. The Mayfair neighborhood in east San Jose has more than 20,000 residents, the majority of whom are very low-income. Somos Mayfair, a neighborhood organization, commissioned ASR to conduct two school readiness assessments of entering kindergarten students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, one in 2011 and most recently in 2012.

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How a Kindergarten Transition Program in Arizona has Helped Prepare Disadvantaged Students for Kindergarten

For a number of years, education leaders, community leaders, and families across Northern Arizona have been focused on ways to improve school readiness among the area’s neediest children. An array of public agencies and non-profit community-based organizations, including the Coconino County Office of the Superintendent, First Things First, and the United Way of Northern Arizona, have worked collaboratively to build and support early childhood initiatives that support school readiness.

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