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.United Way of Salt Lake and the city of South Salt Lake (SSL) have partnered to create the Early Learning Network which seeks to create a comprehensive, integrated early learning system for children from birth to age five. They plan to create public-private partnerships to align data collection and sharing; promote and encourage evidence-based high quality programs; and support statewide adoption of early education standards, school readiness assessments, and a sustainable financing model. They will achieve these objectives by conducting and analyzing the results of a door-to-door survey of individuals and families in South Salt Lake; educating business, education and government leaders about the benefits of high quality early learning; providing training to parents; collecting stories; supporting high quality preschool pilot project legislation; contributing to rule-making; monitoring outcomes from the pilot; and using data from the pilot to promote statewide standards. They will promote the development of a statewide early learning fund to support quality early childhood education and will ensure that funds are appropriated each year to the fund. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. The grantee has set aside sufficient unrestricted funds for lobbying and will work closely with the National Program Office and RWJF counsel to ensure that RWJF resources are used appropriately. Project deliverables include business presentations, issue briefs, stories from families benefiting from a model program, advocacy alerts and messages, an advocacy day event, partnerships with three private childcare providers in SSL, and individual child outcome charts to demonstrate long-term savings.
Amount Awarded $200,000.00
Awarded on: 11/6/2012
Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 12/31/2014
Grant Number: 70531