Increasing kindergarten readiness -- United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

The Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community grants initiative was designed to identify, support, and disseminate models of cross-sector coalitions working to improve health by taking action to address the social and economic determinants of health, such as education, employment, income, community safety, and family and social support.The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and its partners seek to establish standardized early childhood education and kindergarten readiness assessments statewide in order to increase the quality of early childhood education. They expect this will increase parent and business community support for early childhood investments and will facilitate future campaigns to increase the effectiveness of early childhood education. The coalition will convene a cross-sector working group; develop nonpartisan research and analysis papers; analyze household survey data related to early childhood outcomes; educate the public and businesses on the Keystone STARS early childhood education rating system; build support among school boards, superintendents, service providers, and others; network with coalitions from other areas of the state; and develop and advocate for state policy to implement standard kindergarten readiness assessments. Lobbying activities will be limited to some direct lobbying of legislative committee chairs -- adequate unrestricted resources are set aside to engage in these activities. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. Deliverables include: nonpartisan research and analysis, household survey analysis, development non-lobbying campaign plan, early learning scorecard, outreach presentations, and an early learning nonpartisan research and policy analysis and recommendations report.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $190,480.00

Awarded on: 11/13/2012

Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 10/31/2014

Grant Number: 70527


United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, 19103-1294


Diane Castelbuono
Project Director


Steven T. Wray
Project Director