Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network Update

Aspire’s first  Kindergarten Readiness Network  meeting of 2016 was held in February.
Each of the three Aspire Lean Six Sigma Project Teams provided attendees with updates on their exciting progress and gathered feedback from the members of the network.  The teams include the following:
  • Data Warehouse Needs Assessment Project (aka Resource Mapping)
  • Student Data System Pilot Project
  • Program Dashboard Project (aka Program Quality Report Project)
There is still time to join a team.  Feel free to reach out to Kristen Kania ( or any of the team leaders for more information on how you can help out with their work.
The next network meeting will likely take place in June.

Network News – January 2016, Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network

Kindergarten Readiness Network Update Dec. 2015

The Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network met on Monday, December 7 at the United Way.  At this meeting, the Network was presented with Aspire’s next steps toward improving Kindergarten Readiness.

For the first half of 2016, Aspire will work on three major projects aimed at bringing each Network closer to their goals – (1) Conduct a Data Needs Assessment of Education, Health and Human Services Data for the Data Warehouse; (2) Develop a Program Dashboard for Early Childhood and High School Age Programs; and, (3) Recommend a Student Data System to build.

The data warehouse will be rolled out in conjunction with the Chapter Two Report. The Data Needs Assessment will support the continued development of the data warehouse. By identifying additional community data and information for this system, we will continue to build our capacity to make data driven decisions.

By developing a template for Program Dashboards, we will further data driven decision making — supporting a culture of continuous improvement. The Program Dashboards will further the understanding of what is available for our children.

By the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, the intent is to have a student level data system in place to pilot in Waite Feeder Pattern Neighborhoods. The system will enable us to know what truly works to support cradle to career success.

The Kindergarten Readiness Network will continue to meet bi-monthly in 2016. The project teams will meet during the months between Network meetings.


In addition to these projects, the Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network will host a Kindergarten Readiness Summit for Parents in the Waite Feeder Pattern Neighborhoods this Spring. The goal is to assist parents in better understanding Kindergarten Readiness.

LSS Project Teams

Aspire continues to build a culture of continuous improvement in Lucas County. In November and December 2015, five dedicated volunteers from Aspire partner agencies – Toledo Public Schools, United Way of Greater Toledo, and the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County – completed Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training at Owens Illinois.

Between January and June 2016, teams led by the new LSS trainees will complete three key projects with Aspire. These projects support the work of both the Kindergarten Readiness Network and the Graduation Network.

The project teams will meet in January, March and May. If you are interested in joining a LSS Project Team, please feel free to contact the project team leaders listed below or Kristen Kania at

LSS Project Teams Meeting Schedule for January*:
Meeting: January 19 at the UW from 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Project Team Leaders:
Gayle Lake
Toledo Public Schools
Community Liaison Director of Programs and Enrichment Activities
Toni Shoola
United Way of Greater Toledo
Investment Reporting and Data Lead

(419) 254-4612

Meeting: January 20 at the UW from 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Project Team Leaders:
Evelyn McKinney
United Way of Greater Toledo, Income Manager
(419) 254-4675
Cami Roth Szirotnyak
Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County
Quality Improvement Manager
(419) 213-4612

Meeting: January 21 at the UW from 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Project Team Leader:
Libby Schoen, Education Director
United Way of Greater Toledo,
(419) 254-4613
*The March meeting date will be set during the January meeting.

Network Meeting Schedule

The Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network will meet bi-monthly at the United Way.  Here is the meeting schedule for the first half of 2016:

February 2, 2016
10 AM to Noon

at the United Way

April 13, 2016
10 AM to Noon

at the United Way

June 14, 2016
10 AM to Noon
at the United Way.