Kindergarten Readiness Network meeting

Special thanks to all those Kindergarten Readiness Network (KRN) members who attended today’s meeting to receive updates on various projects and provide feedback on the work going forward!

Notes from the meeting:

  • The KRN’s newborn home-visitation project team is working with the Medical University of South Carolina to develop a pilot project that will incorporate techniques from both Family Connects and MUSC’s telehealth program. The goal is to launch the pilot in the summer of 2019. If successful, the project will be made available to all tri-county hospitals, which serve a combined 9,500 births annually.
  • Bryan Boroughs, with the Institute for Child Success, is working with the KRN to develop a Birth to 8 Framework that is intended to help the network determine priorities for its next phase of work.
  • The TCCC staff is reviewing and discussing different definitions of “equity” in an attempt to establish a new one that can serve to align TCCC’s work with other organizations in the region committed to this end. Members of the KRN and Community Engagement Committee have been asked to provide feedback on varying definitions already in use and help redefine equity for the community.
  • Rev. Bill Stanfield provided an update on the Metanoia Early Childhood Center in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston.
  • TCCC staffers LaTisha Vaughn and John Read spoke about the Kindergarten Readiness Network’s purpose and TCCC’s definition of equity.
  • Trident United Way’s Vice President of Evaluation and Public Policy, Jonathan Rauh, shared Reading by Third data, and TCCC’s Director of Data Management and Analysis, Sarah Piwinski, shared 2017-18 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) results.
  • TCCC’s newest staff member, Thetyka Robinson, Director of Facilitation, introduced herself to the network and led a discussion on who else needs to be in the room.
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