In the spring of 2018, First 5 Contra Costa released its first county-wide assessment of kindergarten readiness among new kindergarten students. This assessment found significant gaps in kindergarten readiness in areas of the county. The analysis suggested that children who attended preschool or transitional kindergarten were more likely to be ready for kindergarten than children who did not, and the report recommended improving access to quality early education as the most impactful intervention to support school readiness. The report also noted that school districts, in particular, present a significant opportunity to improve the kindergarten readiness gap.

Yet the path to successfully opening and operating a preschool program can be daunting. To support school districts to be better equipped to launch or expand preschool programs, First 5 Contra Costa contracted with VIVA to develop in-depth case studies of four districts currently operating preschools in the county, as well as identify cross-cutting themes and takeaways, and develop a checklist for other districts to assess readiness.

 

Key activities of this partnership:

  • Community Engagement
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Research and analysis
  • Content development and copywriting
  • Report development and design