Early Childhood Initiative

By 2028, Marin’s Early Childhood Education will prepare all children 0-5yrs, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or financial circumstance to enter school ready to succeed as measured by achieving “Ready To Go” (47) on the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile (KSEP).

Contributing Progress Indicators, for example the DRDP, Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ), and health and income data, will help Partners determine and amplify what’s working for our youngest children.

This initiative is focused on the following strategies:

Common Goals for Early Childhood Success: Identify a common vision, goal and metrics that will be adopted and implemented by at least 5 Districts.

High-impact, Community-Driven Strategic Shifts: Increase and improve practices and structures that support the design and implementation of community-driven, cross-sector, high-impact strategies in West Marin and Marin City.

Which disaggregated student population(s) are are the focus of this Initiative and what are the current population level results for that student group(s)?

>> Whole Population: 11,000 children in Marin 0-5 yrs old (2,718 Total Kindergarten Students; Source Data Quest: Marin County 2018-2019)

>> Geographic Focus: 632 children 0-5 yrs in West Marin and Sausalito / Marin City

>> Promise Students West Marin: 188 children of color and/or living in poverty 0-5 yrs

>> Promise Students in Marin City: 55 children of color and/or living in poverty 0-5 yrs

  • Percent of all Kindergarteners who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 578/1,100 or 52%
  • Percent of Kindergarten students of color who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 93/283 or 33%
  • Percent of Hispanic or Latino Kindergarten students who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 57/270 or 21%

Note: data does not represent 100% participation by all districts/sites and therefore does not represent a complete picture of K students and related demographics in our County. Only 1,206 of the total 2,718 Kindergarteners in the county were screened)

Describe the shared systemic impact this Initiative is striving toward. What are the desired results and when will they be achieved?

Currently the early childhood education system is preparing 25% -100% of children 0-5 yrs in Sausalito / Marin City and 13%-38% in West Marin to enter school ready to succeed (percentage rates vary by race).

At this rate, to close the gaps and have just 80% of all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, or financial circumstance ready to succeed as they enter school in 2028, the early childhood education system would have to support an increase of about 10% per year for the lowest scoring student populations.

Click HERE to visit the Milestone Data Detailed Snapshots or HERE to visit the Data Over Time

Why do equity gaps exist? What root causes (+/-) are producing the current outcomes?

About the Equity Gap
Many factors (barriers and opportunities) impact whether or not a student is ready to succeed in Kindergarten. Some of the primary factors identified by the team so far include:

    • Rural locations like West Marin lack early childhood education (ECE) infrastructure.
    • Readiness starts with infants and toddlers. These early years are greatly influenced by family engagement.
    • Early childhood education workers, from homecare to preschool, are often some of the lowest paid educators.
    • Gaps are created by both access to preschool (i.e. available space, cost) and the quality of all early learning environments (daycare, homecare, playgroups, etc.)
    • Differences in access to health and wellness identification and intervention services (e.g. vision, hearing, etc.) can setback learning from the start.

Describe the landscape of people, Partners, and agencies already working in this area.

Below is a list of Partners engaged in the Early Childhood Initiative:

    • Bolinas-Stinson School District
    • College of Marin
    • Community Action Marin
    • County of Marin
    • Dance Palance
    • First 5 Marin
    • Horizon Community School
    • Marin County Free Libraries
    • Health & Human Services
    • Papermill Creek Children’s Corner
    • Parent Services Project
    • San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    • Shoreline Acres Preschool
    • Shoreline Unified School District
    • Sausalito Marin City School District
    • West Marin Fund

What collaborative action (shifts in practices, structures, policies, or mindsets) are being made to address key factors?

Common Goals for Early Childhood Success: Identify a common vision, goal and metrics that will be adopted and implemented by at least 5 Districts.

High-impact, Community-Driven Strategic Shifts: Increase and improve practices and structures that support the design and implementation of community-driven, cross-sector, high-impact strategies in West Marin and Marin City.

How will we know progress is being made? How much/how many improvements are to be made? How well are the strategies implemented?

Coming Soon

What actions will be taken collectively and individually to implement the strategies?

Coming Soon

Which disaggregated student population(s) are are the focus of this Initiative and what are the current population level results for that student group(s)?

>> Whole Population: 11,000 children in Marin 0-5 yrs old (2,718 Total Kindergarten Students; Source Data Quest: Marin County 2018-2019)

>> Geographic Focus: 632 children 0-5 yrs in West Marin and Sausalito / Marin City

>> Promise Students West Marin: 188 children of color and/or living in poverty 0-5 yrs

>> Promise Students in Marin City: 55 children of color and/or living in poverty 0-5 yrs

  • Percent of all Kindergarteners who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 578/1,100 or 52%
  • Percent of Kindergarten students of color who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 93/283 or 33%
  • Percent of Hispanic or Latino Kindergarten students who were screened as “Ready to Go”: 57/270 or 21%

Note: data does not represent 100% participation by all districts/sites and therefore does not represent a complete picture of K students and related demographics in our County. Only 1,206 of the total 2,718 Kindergarteners in the county were screened)

Describe the shared systemic impact this Initiative is striving toward. What are the desired results and when will they be achieved?

Currently the early childhood education system is preparing 25% -100% of children 0-5 yrs in Sausalito / Marin City and 13%-38% in West Marin to enter school ready to succeed (percentage rates vary by race).

At this rate, to close the gaps and have just 80% of all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, or financial circumstance ready to succeed as they enter school in 2028, the early childhood education system would have to support an increase of about 10% per year for the lowest scoring student populations.

Click HERE to visit the Milestone Data Detailed Snapshots or HERE to visit the Data Over Time

Why do equity gaps exist? What root causes (+/-) are producing the current outcomes?

About the Equity Gap
Many factors (barriers and opportunities) impact whether or not a student is ready to succeed in Kindergarten. Some of the primary factors identified by the team so far include:

    • Rural locations like West Marin lack early childhood education (ECE) infrastructure.
    • Readiness starts with infants and toddlers. These early years are greatly influenced by family engagement.
    • Early childhood education workers, from homecare to preschool, are often some of the lowest paid educators.
    • Gaps are created by both access to preschool (i.e. available space, cost) and the quality of all early learning environments (daycare, homecare, playgroups, etc.)
    • Differences in access to health and wellness identification and intervention services (e.g. vision, hearing, etc.) can setback learning from the start.

Describe the landscape of people, Partners, and agencies already working in this area.

Below is a list of Partners engaged in the Early Childhood Initiative:

    • Bolinas-Stinson School District
    • College of Marin
    • Community Action Marin
    • County of Marin
    • Dance Palance
    • First 5 Marin
    • Horizon Community School
    • Marin County Free Libraries
    • Health & Human Services
    • Papermill Creek Children’s Corner
    • Parent Services Project
    • San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    • Shoreline Acres Preschool
    • Shoreline Unified School District
    • Sausalito Marin City School District
    • West Marin Fund

What collaborative action (shifts in practices, structures, policies, or mindsets) are being made to address key factors?

Common Goals for Early Childhood Success: Identify a common vision, goal and metrics that will be adopted and implemented by at least 5 Districts.

High-impact, Community-Driven Strategic Shifts: Increase and improve practices and structures that support the design and implementation of community-driven, cross-sector, high-impact strategies in West Marin and Marin City.

How will we know progress is being made? How much/how many improvements are to be made? How well are the strategies implemented?

Coming Soon

What actions will be taken collectively and individually to implement the strategies?

Coming Soon