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CommonVision_Dec2007

CommonVision_Dec2007

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Common Vision,Different Paths
 Five States’ Journeys toward Comprehensive Prenatal-to-Five Systems 
 
2Introduction3The Vision4Foundations in Research6Cornerstones of SuccessPeoplePerspectiveProcessProduct12State Pro
lesCaliforniaIllinoisNorth CarolinaOklahomaPennsylvania30Recommendations32Conclusion33Endnotes33Acknowledgements©2007 by the Institute forEducational Leadership andZERO TO THREE.All rights reserved.This report is supported by:The Buffett Early Childhood FundThe Annie E.Casey FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe David and Lucile Packard FoundationThe Pew Charitable TrustsWritten by:Jennifer V.Doctors,Pre-K NowBarbara Gebhard,ZERO TO THREELynn Jones,ZERO TO THREEAlbert Wat,Pre-K Now
 
 America’s future rests on the shoulders of today’s youngest children. Their early experienceswillshape the architecture of their brains in enduring ways and build the foundation – whether strongor weak – for their own development and that of our nation.This report is written by two leading nationalearly childhood organizations, ZERO TOTHREE and Pre-K Now, which are perceivedby some as competing for scarce attentionand resources and as advancing incompatibleagendas. It is our shared belief, however, that wemust transcend the fragmentation and conflict that sometimes divide the early childhood com-munity. Ultimately, the success of our respectiveefforts depends upon the quality and scope of the opportunities our nation provides for its youngest citizens. To that end, we are joiningtogether in the common recognition that allchildren need access to coordinated, affordable,high-quality early care and education, healthand mental health, and family support services. We believe that developing cohesive systems of effective programs and policies requires a newlevel of national commitment to children intheir earliest years.Such work is not glamorous, but it is necessary.This report looks at strategies for effectively building the systems and providing the high-quality programs infants, toddlers, and youngchildren need to thrive and succeed. It buildson the work of other initiatives, early childhoodprofessionals, and institutions. Yet, by distillingthe wisdom and experience of some of ourcountry’s most innovative early childhood lead-ers, this report intends to offer a fresh point of  view and to encourage more states to commit tothis difficult but critical work. Through proven,real-world strategies, elements of a prenatal-to-five system can be tackled incrementally without sacrificing a commitment to the broader vision.Sincerely,Libby DoggettMatthew MelmedExecutive DirectorExecutive DirectorPre-K NowZERO TO THREE
dear colleagues 
Common Vision,Different Paths

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