Ohio's Early Childhood System
Ohio is poised to discuss what an integrated early childhood system consists of beginning with key principles. These principles are adapted from "Giving Children A Chance: Strategies for Implementing Ohio's School Readiness Agenda," the implementation guide that was released in July 2007 and developed from the work of the School Readiness Solutions Group. Ohio's early childhood system will:
Focus on preventative supports for families during the pre-natal period.
Address all aspects of children's development and respond to children's diverse cultures and languages.
Be accessible to all families, and responsive to their choices.
Have clear, statewide expectations regarding children's success.
Be accountable for ensuring that it is operationally and financially responsible and sustainable.
Function as a cohesive, interconnected system that ensures collaboration among state and local programs and agencies.
Guarantee that adults who work with children and their families have the knowledge and skills to be effective.
Develop and adapt over time to ensure optimum results.
Ohio will utilize the expertise, work and planning that has occurred in Ohio, including the School Readiness Solutions Group, the Strategic Framework Planning Process and the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning, Build Ohio and the Governor's Early Childhood Transition Workgroup.
Ohio's definition will build upon the national model created by the Early Childhood Systems Workgroup and adopted by the Build National Initiative.