Kindergarten Readiness Network

Define: Define the Opportunity

To begin, each network created a network purpose statement.

Purpose statement of the Kindergarten Readiness Network:

To achieve school readiness, the Aspire Kindergarten Readiness Network will utilize data and existing resources to partner with families and professionals; strengthen communities; and, ensure children have the health and developmental characteristics needed to succeed by building the foundation for lifelong learning.

In support of Outcome 2 — children enter school ready — Aspire created the Kindergarten Readiness Network.

Aspire seeks to drive data-driven decision making to enable better outcomes.  This requires the collection, analysis and synthesis of data and experience. It allows us to move away from subjective decision making — what we think we know — to objective decision making — what the data tells us.  The Kindergarten Readiness Network is tasked with helping Aspire gather and analyze data from the community as it applies to preschool age children and their start in school.

Aspire is using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology to guide us through the steps required to  get to data-driven decision making. LSS includes continuous improvement techniques and tools for process development and reduction of duplication or wasted time and resources.

LSS is based on a five-step improvement process commonly referred to as DMAIC:

(D) Define – define the opportunity

(M) Measure – baseline the process

(A) Analyze – identify root causes

(I) Improve – test improvements (Pilot)

(C) Control – maintain the gains


Kindergarten Readiness Network Participants

Adelante, Inc.
After-School All-Stars
Anderson Foundation
Benefactor Group
Bowling Green State University
Catholic Club
Center for Nonprofit Resources
Center of Hope Family Services, Inc.
Central Cities Ministries of Toledo
City of Toledo, Youth Commission
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
East Toledo Family Center
Education Service Center of Lake Erie West
Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center
Fifth Third Bank
Friendly Center, Inc.
Great Lakes Center for Autism
Harbor Behavioral Health

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio
Legal Aid of Western Ohio
Lucas County Board of County Commissioners
Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Lucas County Children Services
Lucas County Family Council
Lucas County Job and Family Services
Lucas County Juvenile Court
Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund
Ohio Association of Child Care Providers
One Village
Owens Community College
Owens-Illinios, Inc.
Partners in Education

Read for Literacy
Toledo City Council
Toledo Day Nursery
Toledo Federation of Teachers
Toledo Head Start
Toledo Humane Society
Toledo Lucas County CareNet, Inc.
Toledo Lucas County Library
Toledo Opera
Toledo Public School Board of Education
United Way of Greater Toledo
University of Toledo
Western Avenue Ministries
YWCA of Northwest Ohio
Zepf Center