In 2016 community residents and volunteers were engaged through a number of outreach events and work teams to determine the foundation elements of the partnership. Time and again these individuals stressed the importance of Community Engagement as a key to ensuring the partnership's degree of inclusion and ultimately--its success. When determining the first steps for network formation, Community Engagement and Kindergarten Readiness were identified and seen as networks that are mutually reinforcing.
Our CommUNITY Conversation Series is an ongoing discussion about early education, kindergarten readiness, and what our community can do to foster student success. We hope you will join us as we create an action network to support our children.
This partnership represents and includes all the people of Kenosha County. In order to address the needs of our community, we depend on all voices and resources to succeed. There are so many wonderful organizations, businesses, schools, parents, and students. One of our focuses will be to unite the community and actively engage them in all stages of the process to support our youth.
The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon how prepared they are starting kindergarten. A child's physical, emotional, and academic foundation directly affect how well they adapt to the school environment and learn. Preparing for kindergarten starts at birth. Building Our Future will focus on improving this important stage in the academic process first.
Our networks teams will actively search out what is currently working and help integrate it into areas of need. This is collective impact, the commitment to work toward a common goal in a collaborative manner. Stay tuned for updates regarding the launch of these networks early 2017 and learn how you too can "tap in."