The Northeast School Readiness Council was established in 1998 as a regional Council, comprised of the Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam communities. The community of Sterling recently joined the Council in May 2011. In a collaborative effort to share limited resources, we have joined together to improve outcomes for children, birth through age 8, and their families.
Our Council is made up of various community members including school superintendents, principals, teachers, early childhood providers, family resource center staff, librarians, parents, community program and agency representatives. The Council promotes community engagement and welcomes new members. The Council meets every other month during the school year.
In 2010, as part of our Discovery work, the Council received funding to create one Community Plan for the Killingly, Plainfield & Putnam communities. We are the first community to develop a plan regionally. Due to Killingly, Plainfield & Putnam’s longstanding collaborative relationship, the Council decided that the benefits of this approach would far outweigh its challenges. Our written plan will be completed by March 2012, at which point we will begin the implementation phase.
One goal of our Council is to improve the transition to Kindergarten. A parent survey was created and distributed to Kindergarten parents in Killingly, Plainfield & Putnam. Survey feedback will be compiled and shared with the communities.
The Council actively promotes and participates in Early Childhood advocacy efforts at both state and local levels. Council members, early childhood providers, parents, grandparents and other community members attended Advocacy Day in Hartford (see photo), as well as other state and local advocacy events.
The Council discusses proposed legislation and communicates their position to legislators. Legislators have attended Council meetings to share information and perspectives on Early Childhood issues.
The Council also promotes parent leadership at all levels. Four Council members have completed PEP (People Empowering People) Facilitator Training. Various Parent Leadership trainings are held each year.
In 2009, The Council presented its first annual Community Children’s Champion Awards. These awards are given to an individual, business or organization in recognition of their leadership, dedication & commitment to young children in the communities of Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam. (See press release and photo in the sidebar).
Our Mission Statement:
The Northeast School Readiness Council advocates for and supports a future in which:
• All children of Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam arrive at school healthy, fit and ready to learn
• All schools are ready for children
• Every child has access to high quality early care and education
• The public is well-informed about and supports early care and education
• Parents are partners with schools in all efforts
• Parents are deeply involved in their children’s education
• Early care staff are highly qualified and appropriately compensated
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