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Publication Title:

Early Childhood Ideal Systems: Components Of A Ready Community Assets And Gap Analysis Tool

Author(s):

Dolores A. Stegelin, Ph.D.
Kellye Rembert, Ph.D.
Jennifer Young Wagner

Publication Type: Issue Briefs & Policy Reports

Policy Area: Building Stronger Early Childhood Systems

Page Count: 48

Publication Excerpt:

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) of Greenville, South Carolina advocates for optimal child development and school readiness for all young children in South Carolina. The goals of the ICS include promoting child well being, school readiness, and building systems that support the overall development of young children in the state. As part of this mission, a study was commissioned with Clemson University in the fall of 2012 to conduct a review of literature and gather data in order to accomplish two major aims: To identify what is the ideal systems/ready community that provides optimal support for healthy child development and school readiness based on a thorough review of the research literature using multiple sources; and what are the existent community-based resources in Greenville County, South Carolina, with an emphasis on high-risk neighborhoods, that are linked to healthy child development and school readiness using existing information sources. To determine how the existing Greenville County system and services compare to the ideal one or benchmark system, identifying gaps and recommended steps to close those gaps. Make specific recommendations for strategies and policies at the countywide and state levels that would facilitate closing the gaps in services. Develop a preliminary template for use by the ICS to assist other counties and locales in assessing their own community resources that support healthy child development and school readiness.

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