Ready Schools Miami is a systems change effort to improve the well-being and educational attainment of children at risk of academic, health, and social difficulties in Miami-Dade, one of the largest and most diverse communities in the United States. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and led by The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida, with significant involvement of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Children’s Trust, the Early Learning Coalition, the United Way, and the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Ready Schools is fostering collaboration, coordination, and leveraging of resources across Miami-Dade’s early care and education organizations, public school system, universities, social service agencies, community organizations, and health centers to create systemic supports for early learning from birth through elementary school.
Since receiving support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2007, Ready Schools partners have made significant progress toward improving the systems in Miami-Dade that contribute to school readiness and success—early care, education, health, and family support. This report presents findings of the second year of evaluation.