Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads Presentation

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Presentation to the Hampton Roads Partnership Executive Committee on 11/21/08 by Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads (SBSHR). Smart Beginnings’ vision is that children arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. They generate awareness about early childhood, advocate for public investment, and work in the community to ensure that high-quality early education is accessible for all. The Norfolk Foundation and the Batten Educational Achievement Fund granted SBSHR $4.7 million to support these initiatives: Child Care Quality Improvement, Early Learning Challenge Grants, Public Awareness Campaign, Universal Screening and Referral. Learn more at http://www.smartbeginningsshr.org

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  • Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads Presentation

    1. 1. Ready for School Ready for Life www.SmartBeginningsSHR.org
    2. 2. FACTS <ul><li>In South Hampton Roads approximately 20% of children arrive at kindergarten not ready (up to 33% in some Virginia communities--Virginia Department of Education) </li></ul>
    3. 3. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often </li></ul><ul><ul><li>remains behind throughout school and into life </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often </li></ul><ul><ul><li>remains behind throughout school and into life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>becomes a financial burden on our society </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often </li></ul><ul><ul><li>remains behind throughout school and into life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>becomes a financial burden on our society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will not be part of the high-skilled workforce we need to compete in the 21 st century </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often remains behind </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally, 49% of children who do not know their alphabet when they enter kindergarten are from middle class or higher (Pre-K Now) </li></ul>
    7. 7. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often remains behind </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of school readiness is not a class issue </li></ul><ul><li>90% of brain growth happens by the age of 5 </li></ul>
    8. 8. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often remains behind </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of school readiness is not a class issue </li></ul><ul><li>90% of brain growth happens by the age of 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia’s investment to date in early childhood has been minimal </li></ul>
    9. 9. Brain Growth Versus Investment
    10. 10. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often remains behind </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of school readiness is not a class issue </li></ul><ul><li>90% of brain growth happens by the age of 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Early childhood investment is minimal </li></ul><ul><li>Early childhood is a non-partisan issue </li></ul>
    11. 11. FACTS <ul><li>20% of children enter kindergarten not ready </li></ul><ul><li>A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often remains behind </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of school readiness is not a class issue </li></ul><ul><li>90% of brain growth happens by the age of 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Early childhood investment is minimal </li></ul><ul><li>Early childhood is a non-partisan issue </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizing the potential of every child is the right thing to do </li></ul>
    12. 12. SOLUTION <ul><li>High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5 </li></ul>
    13. 13. SOLUTION <ul><li>High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5 </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, every $1 invested in high quality early care and education can yield a 16% rate of return or greater </li></ul>
    14. 14. SOLUTION <ul><li>High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5 </li></ul><ul><li>16% rate of return or greater </li></ul><ul><li>“ Investing in early childhood is the most cost effective means of investing in the future of the economy of our country.” Dr. James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics </li></ul>
    15. 15. SOLUTION <ul><li>High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5 </li></ul><ul><li>16% rate of return or greater </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics agrees </li></ul><ul><li>The solution is far from easy </li></ul>
    16. 16. Early Learning Health, Mental Health and Nutrition Family Support Special Needs/ Early Intervention Early Childhood Development System Early care and education opportunities in nurturing environments where children can learn what they need to succeed in school and life. Economic and parenting supports to ensure children have nurturing and stable relationships with caring adults. Early identification, assessment and appropriate services for children with special health care needs, disabilities, or developmental delays Comprehensive health services that meet children’s vision, hearing, nutrition, behavioral, and oral health as well as medical health needs.
    17. 17. SOLUTION <ul><li>High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5 </li></ul><ul><li>16% rate of return or greater </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics agrees </li></ul><ul><li>The solution is far from easy </li></ul><ul><li>The solution is far from cheap </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>A non-profit created by business and community leaders to address the issue of school readiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded $500k state grant that required $250k cash match. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision: All children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. </li></ul>HOW IT ALL STARTED…
    19. 19. OUR ROLE: <ul><li>Maximize the potential of every child in our region and ensure access to high-quality early education by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raising Awareness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocating for greater public-private investment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with the five communities of South Hampton Roads to improve the current system. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Paul O. Hirschbiel Jr. (Chairman) Jane Batten (Vice Chair) Lisa Howard (Secretary) Jim Metzger (Treasurer) David Bernd Barry Bishop Bruce Bradley Dr. Fran Butterfoss Jim Dahling Dr. Deborah DiCroce Suzanne Puryear Lisa Robertson Dr. Robert Rubin Dr. Alvin Schexnider Bert Schmidt Marcy Sims Lisa Smith Dr. David Stuckwisch Dr. Nancy Welch Carole Whitener Harry Young Chuck Harris Mike Hughes Tommy Johnson Rusty Jordan Jr. Dr. Katharine Kersey Mary Louis LeHew Angelica Light Gary McCollum Dr. Juan Montero Dr. Lydia Patton
    21. 21. <ul><li>Created a career advancement tool adopted by the Commonwealth that helps early childhood teachers to advance in their training and education. </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned two studies of the early care and education industry. </li></ul>OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:
    22. 22. <ul><li>Linked parents with community resources by distributing our Community Connections Resource Guide . Over 84,000 distributed. </li></ul><ul><li>Incubated a mentorship program to improve the quality for 48 child care centers and family home providers. </li></ul>OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:
    23. 23. <ul><li>Led development of action plans to improve early childhood systems in the five communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Launched a two-year regional public awareness campaign in print and media to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise awareness on the current state of early childhood and the importance of 0-5. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build groundswell and army of advocates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Position SBSHR as resource for parents. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gifted campaign to statewide coalitions. </li></ul>OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:
    24. 24. <ul><li>Piloted quality rating improvement system (QRIS): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market-driven approach to increase quality and improve consumer awareness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Reports of child care for parents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates consistent early learning standards in the state. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measures five areas: teacher qualifications, interactions, structural components, learning environment and family partnerships. </li></ul></ul>OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:
    25. 25. WHAT’S NEXT? <ul><li>SBSHR receives $4.6m in grants that will fund four initiatives to help children arrive at school prepared for success. </li></ul><ul><li>The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation will provide $4.1m in grants. </li></ul><ul><li>The Norfolk Foundation’s unrestricted funds will provide another $585k to support the QRIS. </li></ul>
    26. 26. WHAT’S NEXT? <ul><li>Early Learning Challenge Grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each of the five communities receive $500k over 5 years in matching grants to implement action plans with defined benchmarks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Learning Council in each community will be formed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$2.5m invested through The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. <ul><li>Quality Improvement Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement Virginia’s QRIS in 28 centers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement quality program evaluation in 10 family child care homes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating centers and homes can receive scholarships, mentorship for quality improvement, early learning materials and facility upgrades. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child outcome assessment conducted to link quality with readiness of children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $1m invested over two years. </li></ul></ul>WHAT’S NEXT?
    28. 28. <ul><li>Launch multi-media public awareness campaign in January 2009 to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce QRIS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link quality and school readiness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive parent demand for QRIS-rated facilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread message through print, television, internet and billboards. </li></ul></ul>WHAT’S NEXT?
    29. 29. WHAT’S NEXT? <ul><li>Universal Newborn Screening Tool and Referral Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach parents at time of their child’s birth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop screening/referral service for families. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the health and development of all young children from the start. </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>Adopt-A-Center to sponsor quality improvements. </li></ul><ul><li>Join forces with Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads to advocate for public support of a strong early education system. </li></ul><ul><li>Influence public policy and action to increase public investment to ensure a smart beginning for all children. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with your community to implement action plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine family-friendly business practices. </li></ul>WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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