Goal Area 1:

Every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed

Cradle to Career aspires that every Sonoma County child enters kindergarten ready to succeed, a predictor of academic achievement in the later grades. Optimal early childhood development, prenatal to age 5, is critical to school readiness, including early brain development, dental health, social emotional wellness, nurturing caregivers, and access to high quality early care and education. To achieve Goal 1, Cradle to Career leverages First 5 Sonoma County in their role as convener, funder, and capacity building agency supporting a broad network of early childhood providers and stakeholders.

The Importance of Investing Early

Utilize radio, TV, social media, and print media to elevate the importance of investing in the first five years of life in an effort to build critical public will.

Employer-Supported Child Care

This Santa Rosa Metro Chamber initiative aims to increase access to child care for infants and toddlers through engaging employers in investing in facilities and programs that provide a living wage for child care workers.

Help Me Grow Framework

Expand and improve the system of developmental and social emotional screening and referral by implementing the national Help Me Grow framework in Sonoma County.

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