OVEC CEO Dr. Leon Mooneyhan has some thoughts on building partnerships for school readiness over at the Prichard Blog.
Here are some highlights:
Research by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman shows that quality preschool experiences impact character development that leads to increases in monthly income and the probability of employment and decreases in lifetime arrests, felony arrests, violent crimes, teen pregnancy and tobacco use.
Keeping Heckman’s research in mind, the Hardin County Schools begin their work at birth. The district’s “Books for Babies” project provides every baby born at Hardin Memorial Hospital a copy of “Read to Your Bunny” by Rosemary Wells
Mooneyhan notes that the partnerships involve the entire community, including childcare providers, medical providers, and educators. It’s a team effort to get kids off to the right start. And in Hardin County, Kentucky it’s making a difference.