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Ready for School, Ready for Life is:
- Family Led. We engage authentic family voice consistently and intentionally. Family voice is embedded into all of our work. We create opportunities for families to share their perspectives, engage families in the design of solutions, and build family capacity to become change agents for their children and within our community.
- Inclusive. We value the experiences of those in our community, and seek multiple perspectives to solve system problems. Those who are doing the day-to-day work with our youngest children must be included in and drive decision-making. This includes families, direct service providers, early childhood teachers, agency/organization leaders, and community members.
- Equity Focused. We bring an equity lens to everything we do. We are clear that systemic racism creates disparities in the outcomes for children and families of color—gaps that begin at birth and continue throughout the lifespan. As we build a connected, responsive early childhood system, we seek to reduce and eliminate disparities by: collecting and using disaggregated data in decision-making; learning about and employing emerging practices around equity; taking a stance of cultural humility in our work; and aligning with other equity work happening in Guilford County.
- Data Driven. As a learning organization, we use data to make decisions and to hold ourselves accountable for the ambitious goals of the initiative. We seek innovative ways to collect, use, and disseminate data within Guilford County, with the goal of strengthening individual, agency/organization and community decision-making.