The grants help organizations improve to better serve Guilford County families.
(Greensboro, N.C., August 25, 2022) – Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) has awarded $652,000 in grants to programs from 13 organizations serving families in Guilford County to participate in its second cohort of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process. Ready Ready has partnered with The Duke Endowment and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work on these grants to make participating in the CQI Cohort II financially possible.
“CQI is a team-based process of collecting, analyzing, and using data to improve service quality. This data helps identify efficiency, effectiveness, performance, and outcomes to provide the resources our community needs,” said Ready Ready CEO Charrise Hart. “We are glad to have such a good response from community partners who want to be involved in Ready Ready’s system-building work.”
To date, Ready Ready has had 13 programs complete CQI training. Four more are currently participating in a cohort process. CQI Cohort II launches in September 2022 and will wrap up in March 2023. The CQI Cohort II programs are:
- Backpack Beginnings
- The Barnabas Network
- The Center for New North Carolinians
- Children and Families First (formerly Guilford Child Development)
- Greensboro Housing Authority
- The Kellin Foundation
- Out of the Garden Project
- Positive Direction for Youth and Families
- Room at the Inn
- Triad Goodwill
- Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro
- YWCA Greensboro
Each program will dedicate 3-4 team members who will participate in monthly learning sessions with other programs and CQI facilitators from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Between sessions, team members will complete assignments and receive coaching from their facilitators.
“Through this work, programs will build their capacity to apply a CQI framework,” said Jacqueline McCracken, Ready Ready’s vice president for strategic impact. “This work is focused on the Model for Improvement, a powerful and flexible method that promotes a structured process for experiential learning.”
Through the CQI process, the programs will build the capacity to use program data to identify challenges or opportunities for improvement related to family experience or satisfaction. Through experiential learning, programs will gain the tools they need to generate higher performance-building capacity while serving Guilford County families and children.
“Every child deserves a great start in life, but not every child starts from the same place,” Hart said. “By using this process, the organizations in CQI Cohort II will be able to enhance the important work they are doing to assist Guilford County families with the resources, support, and information they need to give their youngest children a strong foundation for success in school and life.”