Six organizations with distinct missions but a common goal of supporting Boston’s young children came together to launch an early childhood blog for Boston. The blog provides weekly posts on Boston’s early childhood news, events and discussions. Check it out today and join the conversation!
Talk Read Play
Talk, Read, Play offers Boston parents, caregivers and providers one-stop shopping for information about early childhood development, local resources & organizations, and free & low-cost activities for young children.
Self-regulation skills are critical to school readiness. These skills are teachable and best promoted in early childhood. The following articles demonstrate these skills predict resiliency and are linked to strong mental health, social competence, academic achievement, and healthy coping strategies.
Year 2 Report: Boston’s Progress Toward Universal School Readiness
Thrive in 5 issues its second annual report to Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, and Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. This report highlights the progress Thrive in 5 and other partners across Boston have made toward the common vision of universal school readiness as well as outlines future plans.
Year One Report: Boston’s Progress toward Universal School Readiness
This report to Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, and Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, outlines the collaborative activity in Boston supporting school readiness since the release of Boston’s School Readiness Roadmap, as well as upcoming work.
In 2007, 65 leaders and community stakeholders from 12 sectors came together with 35 parents in Boston to develop a plan to prevent the achievement gap by promoting school readiness and ensuring healthy development. This year-long planning process, known as Boston’s Birth to Five School Readiness Initiative, resulted in Thrive in 5 and a ten-year citywide plan titled Boston’s School Readiness Roadmap.
Throughout 2006, staff from the Mayor’s Office, Children’s Hospital Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and United Way compiled demographic information to better understand Boston’s birth to five year olds and their families. They also conducted a community scan to assess Boston’s resources for supporting this age group. To learn about what we found, check out : Preventing the Achievement Gap
Best Practices to Prevent the Achievement Gap
In 2006, Mayor Menino convened a dozen top early childhood researchers and practitioners to recommend the most effective strategies to promote school readiness. This Mayor’s 0 to 5 Work Group detailed their recommendations in a report that jumpstarted the Thrive in 5 planning process and some early program expansion. To read the report,click here.