WECCAN is our collaborative action network of community members focused on Kindergarten Readiness.

Beginning November, 2017, team members conducted a Data Walk related to factors critical to Kindergarten Readiness identified in their 2016 Report. Factors were organized under categories onto several posters showing local data on children’s health, social emotional well being, stability at home, food security, and access to high quality preschools.  The purpose of the activity was to identify population level outcomes. The group identified two outcomes equally critical to kindergarten readiness:

  1. All children are healthy and kindergarten ready 
  2. All families are healthy with opportunities to thrive. 

WECCAN is developing an action plan to increase Kindergarten readiness through a multi-pronged approach:

  1. A healthy start to life (Prenatal to Age 3) through our recent Pritzker Foundation planning grant
  2. Equitable access to high quality preschool / childcare with on-site, wraparound support for low-income children. We will implement through Two Generation Model also providing education and career support for their parents.

Want to learn more about Two-Gen models? Check out these publications from the Ascend Institute