School Readiness Collaborative Action Network

The School Readiness CAN, chaired by Children’s Institute, works to ensure more children begin school ready and able to learn. GROW-Rochester is working to integrate comprehensive developmental screenings for all of Rochester’s 3 year olds. Children are assessed in seven areas using robust tools: vision, hearing, dental, speech and language, cognitive, fine and gross motor and social and emotional growth. In this first year, GROW successfully screened over 600 children by June 30, 2016. In addition, the group works to inform community based organizations, government, the faith community, health professionals, and others of the availability of services for young children, ages 0 – 8.  Focusing on filling a critical workforce shortage in early childhood, the group is also researching the capacity of WNY colleges to provide needed professionals in key occupations. Finally, this work group reviews and assesses PreK – Grade 3 school curricula. As a result, RCSD has committed to a comprehensive K-2 curriculum rewrite to make it more developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant.

Members of the School Readiness CAN include:

  • ABVI-Goodwill
  • Action for a Better Community
  • Child Care Council
  • Children’s Institute
  • Early Childhood Development Initiative
  • Encompass
  • Greater Rochester Quality Council
  • Healthy Baby Network
  • Hillside Family of Agencies
  • Ibero American Action League
  • Monroe BOCES
  • Monroe County
  • Monroe Community College
  • NYC Ofc. Of Children & Family Services
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester Hearing & Speech
  • Rochester Regional Hospital
  • Rochester YMCA
  • Soc. For the Protection and Care of Children
  • Synergy Enterprises Inc.
  • The Children’s Agenda
  • United Way
  • University of Rochester