All children enter kindergarten ready to thrive.

To make this vision a reality, the Ready for K Alliance will focus on four outcome areas: Healthy Development, Access & Quality, Family and Caregiver Engagement and Systems Alignment.


Children are born healthy with access to resources to maintain healthy development.


Long-term goals:

  • Reduce disparities in maternal health rates.
  • Reduce disparities in birth outcomes for infants.
  • Increase the number of children with access to a primary health provider.


Families have access to affordable, high-quality early care and education.


Long-term goals:

  • Families have resources to support their child’s participation in high-quality early care and education.
  • A variety of public and private high-quality programs are available that meet family and community needs.

View Ready for K Alliance 2018 Access & Quality Study


Families and caregivers are equipped with knowledge and understanding of their child’s development and involve themselves in helping them thrive.


Long-term goals:

  • Increase family and caregiver engagement in their child’s learning.
  • Increase family and caregiver knowledge of developmental milestones.


Institutions, services, and agencies serving children are comprehensive, collaborative, aligned and coordinated.


Long-term goals:

  • Health and development programs serving infants, toddlers and their families are coordinated, collaborative and aligned to provide consistent services.
  • Private childcare, Head Start, Early Head Start and Public Pre-K providers work collaboratively to help families find the best early learning program for their child.
  • School and community supports for families with young children are aligned and coordinated to leverage resources and meet the diverse needs of families.

The work of the Ready for K Alliance is informed by national, state, and local data.
Learn more about the data sources that inform our work here.

2020 Ready for K Impact Report:

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The Ready for K Alliance has outlined our areas of impact; Healthy Development, Access & Quality, Family & Caregiver Engagement, and Systems Alignment. Now we’re asking our partners to commit to improving outcomes in each of these areas below.