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Village Building and School Readiness

Charles Bruner with Michelle Stover Wright, Syed Noor Tirmizi, and the School Readiness, Culture, and Language Working Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
January 2007

This brief, produced by the State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network (SECPTAN), acknowledges the central role that communities play in child development, delving into specific community impacts. Additionally, it examines strategies for building early learning systems in what have variously been described as vulnerable neighborhoods; disinvested neighborhoods; or poor, immigrant, and minority communities.

The brief’s authors call for a much broader approach to early learning systems building than the provision of health, early care and education, and family support services. They call for a new way of approaching how services are developed, and who develops them. They also advocate that early childhood state leaders look beyond services to community-building and providing parents and residents the time, space, and opportunity to help one another and to secure a voice for themselves in the larger communities in which they live.