MAC as the school readiness council

MAC as the school readiness council

The Town of Mansfield receives a School Readiness Grant  from the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC). One of the requirements of this grant is that a School Readiness Council be formed, made up of (1) the chief elected official, or the official’s designee; (2) the superintendent of schools, or a management level staff person as the superintendent’s designee; (3) parents; (4) representatives from local programs such as Head Start, family resource centers, nonprofit and for-profit child day care centers, group day care homes, prekindergarten and nursery schools, and family day care home providers; (5) a representative from a health care provider in the community; and (6) other representatives from the community who provide services to children. Some of the responsibilities of this council are to:Little Girl Hugging Her Mother Beside the Schoolbus

  • Make recommendations to the chief elected official and the superintendent of schools on issues relating to School Readiness
  • Foster partnerships among providers of School Readiness programs;
  • Assist in the identification of the need for School Readiness programs and the number of children not being served by such a program
  • Identify existing and prospective resources and services available to children and families
  • Exchange information with other School Readiness Councils and community organizations serving children and families
  • Make recommendations to school officials concerning the transition from School Readiness programs to kindergarten

As a Local Early Childhood Collaborative (LECC), MAC fulfills the role of the School Readiness Council. The Staff Coordinator of MAC also serves as the School Readiness Liaison to the OEC.

To learn more about the general polices of the School Readiness Grant, go to: http://www.ct.gov/oec/cwp/view.asp?a=4541&q=539506