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Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

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

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The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.

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3/28/2016 3:53:00 PM

Joyce Foundation grant seeks expansion of college and career pathways to better prepare high school students for education, careers and life

$3 million grant to four Great Lakes community areas: Chicago’s northwest suburbs; Central Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Rockford, Illinois

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3/8/2016 11:15:00 AM

It's Not Too Late To Learn

Employment Program Officer, Matthew Muench writes about the results of a new report about the role of personal success skills in the 21st century workforce.

 
 

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