The GLR Campaign recognizes Louisville, Kentucky, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families.
The Ready for K Alliance encompasses over 100 partners including government agencies, area nonprofits, Metro United Way, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), cultural institutions, state agencies and philanthropic foundations, with the goal of 77% of children prepared for kindergarten by 2020. The Ready for K Alliance is the “cradle” portion of Louisville’s “cradle to career” framework, which coordinates and aligns efforts from kindergarten readiness to workforce development. Stakeholders are focused on improving access and quality of child care centers, improving family and caregiver engagement, and improving transitioning to kindergarten. The Ready for K Alliance is integrated into the larger Cradle to Career Cabinet, which is developing a comprehensive data system containing information for each pillar and an asset-mapping project to identify gaps in existing services. The number of children who tested ready for kindergarten increased from 47.9% in 2015–16 to 51.6% in 2016–17.
Key strategies include Kindergarten Camps where participating children are 74% prepared for kindergarten. Action Networks have mobilized for impact by filling open public preschool slots and boosting on-time kindergarten registration in priority zip codes.