What is a collaborative?
A community collaborative is a group of cross-sector partners committed to leveraging their individual resources to serve a common goal larger than any one organization can accomplish on their own. Kindergarten “readiness” involves a wide range of individuals, non-profits, state agencies, private providers, and businesses to ensure that a community and its families are working together to meet the needs of our children. The Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative is the backbone organization that will organize and convene those cross-sector partners to develop innovative solutions in order to reach our vision that all children are prepared for kindergarten.
Through collaboration our mission is to convene and support our partners in developing a high quality early childhood system that is family-centered.
As part of the Moonshot Moment, all children in Indian River County are prepared for kindergarten across the five critical domains: social/emotional, physical health and well-being, cognitive, communication and adaptive learning.
History of KRC:
Recognizing a need for innovative solutions to improve lives, break the cycles of poverty, and bring about lasting change in Indian River County, particularly in the area of education, local community leaders rallied together to form the Moonshot Moment. The community goal is to have 90% of 3rd grade students in Indian River County reading at grade level by 2018. Through strategic planning, visioning sessions, focus groups, best practice research, and parent input, kindergarten readiness was clearly identified as a vital step to growing successful learners.
The Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative engaged in a year long process to analyze current community conditions, define and coordinate strategies, and build connections within the early childhood sector. The collaborative represents more than 40 social service organizations, foundations, funders and child care providers. In June 2015, the Executive Committee published the Kindergarten Ready Indian River County Strategic Plan and an Executive Summary, which is available upon request. The strategic plan identifies local needs, incorporates community input, and translates best practice research into strategies for local action. Members of the Indian River County Funder’s Forum financially supported its creation. Two staff members were hired in September 2015 to carry on the work of the Collaborative. They bring a wealth of collaborative management, nonprofit, fundraising, and parent engagement experience to the KRC team.