Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

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Education Program

Giving all students and teachers what they need to succeed.


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

Changing the Chicago Public Schools Narrative

Stephanie Banchero of the Joyce Foundation and Robin Steans of Advance Illinois, co-authored a commentary in the Chicago Tribune.

9/24/2015 9:55:00 AM

Deans for Impact Releases “Science for Learning”

Joyce-grantee Deans for Impact, a new non-profit representing leaders in educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field, released its...

8/4/2015 2:37:00 PM

New Findings on Effectiveness of Teacher Development

The New Teacher Project just released a new report on teacher development.


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