Quad Cities, Iowa and Illinois
The GLR Campaign recognizes Quad Cities, Iowa and Illinois, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families.
Between fall 2012 and 2016, the percentage of children in low-income neighborhoods assessed with the Kindergarten Skills Inventory who were ready for kindergarten increased from 74.3% to 80.4%. The Quad Cities Data Warehouse is an outstanding example of how the community is driving with data. Quad Cities, serving seven school districts located in five municipalities in two different states, has surmounted jurisdictional boundaries by creating a Warehouse that allows correlations between two different partners’ data sets without either partner gaining access to data from the other. This allows the coalition to capture academic, socio-economic and attendance data as well as to track the efficacy of specific interventions on individual students, including the school readiness strategies such as the United Way’s Born Learning initiative and investments to improve preschool quality. This will allow Quad Cities schools, service providers and nonprofit groups not only to align interventions but also to assess their impact on a regular basis, disaggregating for income, race, ethnicity and gender as well as by where students live.
The GLR Campaign also acknowledges Quad Cities for its impressive cross-sector collaboration and strong funder coalition as well as its work to support parent success and address the health determinants of early school success.