Goal: To ensure that all children, particularly those who are low-income and minority, are academically and developmentally ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.
Theory of Change: The kindergarten readiness of young children across the Great Lakes region can be greatly improved if preschool programs and elementary schools improve how they engage low-income families to support parent-child interactions in the home, and children in preschool and kindergarten classrooms have access to excellent teachers.
The Joyce Approach
Develop cost-effective ways to engage families and help strengthen parent-child interactions and early learning outcomes.
Provide seed funding to help innovative programs get off the ground and fund research to determine whether the strategies are effective.
Build a knowledge base and national coherence around the use of digital tools for family engagement and digital learning.
Build advocacy to help grow the models and, potentially, find policies that make them a reality in our priority cities.
Ensure preschool children have access to excellent teachers.
Enhance policies to ensure early childhood teacher preparation and professional development programs place a premium on high-quality interactions between adults and children and the learning that results.
Develop and validate high-quality professional development and teacher-coaching models that improve instruction and learning, and then advance polices that shift resources from lower-value to higher-value programs.
Latest News From The Education Program
6/25/2015 12:53:00 PM
The Chicago chapter of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) released its first policy memo on how to better align professional development to teacher needs.
6/22/2015 4:15:00 PM
Joyce congratulates the Chicago-based Noble Network of Charter Schools for winning the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.