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Community-based initiatives for promoting school readiness: the story of celebrate liberty's children

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heidi Elizabeth Austin (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Ulrich Reitzug

Abstract: Much evidence supports the theory that the early years of a child's development are crucial in determining future student achievement. This in-depth case study examines a community-based school readiness initiative that was launched in a rural area where high numbers of children were entering school with potential delays. This research serves to highlight how rural, limited resource communities can increase opportunities for children's experiences and access to services prior to school to enhance school readiness. Interviews, observations, and document reviews were conducted to gain insight into the development of this school readiness initiative and its impact on enhancing the school readiness of entering kindergarten students. Results show that transformational and participatory leadership; community collaboration across multiple sectors; and volunteer management, resource development, and marketing were key factors in the success of this rural school readiness initiative. In addition, surveys of community members indicate high awareness and usage of early childhood resources as well as heightened knowledge of the benefits of early childhood education.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Community-Based Strategic Planning, Community Collaboration, Early Childhood Education, School Readiness, Smart Start
Subjects
Readiness for school $z North Carolina $zLiberty $vCase studies.
Community and school $z North Carolina $zLiberty $vCase studies.
Child development $z North Carolina $zLiberty $vCase studies.
Children with social disabilities $x Education (Early childhood) $z North Carolina $z Liberty.
Preschool children $x Services for $z North Carolina $z Liberty.
Randolph County Partnership for Children.
Early Childhood Center (Liberty, N.C.)
Celebrate Liberty's Children.
Smart Start (N.C.)