Partnerships enhance preschool efforts

Public/private initiatives are boosting the school readiness of young children. But funding challenges threaten programs, and social problems linger over some preschoolers.

Our community is committed to addressing school readiness and workforce development by improving outcomes for our youngest citizens. The goal is to reduce the number of children not ready for school to 10 percent by the year 2023.

After two years of concentrated efforts, pilot projects, and local, private funding, we are seeing positive results. The K-readiness continuation study conducted by the Mayor’s Commission for Children shows readiness is trending up, and fewer children are coming to Springfield Public Schools unprepared for kindergarten.

The results went from 27.4 percent of children unprepared in 2014 to 24.7 percent unprepared in 2016.



Parents As Teachers expansion
Early Childhood One-Stop
Early Learning Leadership Academy (ELLA)
Passport to Readiness app for families

Childhood trauma
Cost of child care
Instability of funding

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

Poverty – Children Below 200%

Food Insecurity – Food Insecure Children


Single Adult Family Households

Map of Single Adult Family Households in Greene County, MO

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