Ready Ready November/December Update

The update is focused on the Get Ready Guilford Initiative (the work funded by The Duke Endowment and Blue Meridian Partners) and our other key priorities that are critical to the system building work.

Here’s what’s been happening in November/December.

  • Expand and integrate evidence-based programs to meet community need.
    • Progress continues on the intentional expansion of Nurse-Family Partnership, HealthySteps, and Family Connects. Ready Ready and partners have analyzed Medicaid data for all Guilford County pediatric practices, and non-Medicaid data for the six largest practices to determine next steps for HealthySteps expansion with an eye on sustainability and HealthySteps Specialists access to electronic health records.
  • Build a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI) within Guilford.
    • Each of the 13 programs participating in the CQI Cohort has started working with a Root Cause coach, and are developing initial priorities for their Capacity Improvement Plans.
    • On October 30, the CQI Cohort had its official launch. Twelve of the 13 programs met together to learn about the key role they’ll play in the Get Ready Guilford Initiative and to begin planning areas of focus as a Community of Practice.
    • CQI Cohort participants heard results of family listening sessions held in High Point and Greensboro about quality of services families receive today, as well as barriers to accessing and using services. They also heard preliminary survey results from 40+ organizations that serve young children and families. Results from the listening sessions and the survey will be shared with participants and made available on the Ready Ready website in December.
    • The CQI Working Group will meet in December develop a plan for the community-wide technical assistance model that will be critical to building a culture of CQI in Guilford.
  • Build a system of navigation so families are connected to what they need, when they need it.
    • A Navigation Steering Committee has been formed to help guide the process of creating a system in which all families are assessed for need at five key points, connected with needed resources, and supported between touchpoints. The committee includes representatives from Ready Ready, The Duke Endowment, Duke University, Guilford DHHS, Nurse Family Partnership and Zero to Three.
  • Build an integrated data system (IDS) to support navigation and data-driven decision making.
    • We expect the Get Ready Guilford IDS Project Manager to be in place on January 1, 2019.
    • Ready Ready and United Way of Greater Greensboro are jointly convening an Advisory Committee for the development of a Guilford County Integrated Data System(s) that will meet community needs. The Advisory Committee will meet in late November/early December, and will host a meeting with Salesforce for a technology demonstration.
    • Through work with Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), the Ready Ready team attended 3-day AISP seminar in Baltimore, and developed a 12-month project plan for the data warehouse.
  • Conduct rigorous evaluation process and build sustainability strategies for components of system-building work.
    • Frank Porter Graham (FPG) and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work are serving as developmental evaluators for the Get Ready Guilford Initiative. The scope and work and budget has been finalized, and work has already started in support of the backbone organization.
    • Ready Ready connected with seven of eight PHPs that bid for NC Medicaid managed care contracts; language supporting GRGI was incorporated into five of the applications. Ready Ready will continue to work with the PHPs with an eye on sustaining GRGI efforts.
  • Build responsiveness to family voice. The Family Action Learning Team reconvened on October 15th at Westside Chapel following a summer hiatus. New families with children age five and under were recruited from CQI family listening sessions to join existing team members. The families participated in an Active Reading parent workshop.
  • Leverage and expand early literacy resources.
    • Active Reading Parent Workshops November and December workshops are being held at Archer Elementary School and Foust Elementary. Workshops are being planned in High Point in collaboration with Macedonia Early Head Start/Head Start, Family Success Center with others being added for January; working on scheduling workshops at Fairview Elementary and Northwood Elementary.
    • Active Reading Coaching Workshops have been provided to Summit Rotary Club; they start volunteering at the Rice Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Health in January 2019. Ready Ready will partner with YWCA of High Point to train staff from various providers in January. Coordinating with Northwood Elementary to train HPU student tutors. Ready Ready will train Active Reading the staff members of the HP Library.
    • Planning continues with Guilford County Schools (GCS) for the submission of joint application for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading which will provide additional tools for kindergarten readiness, summer learning and addressing absenteeism; one goal is increased participation at ESL summer kindergarten program at elementary schools in High Point and Greensboro.
    • Backpack Beginnings is leading a book distribution process with bookshelves placed at the beginning of 2019 at Guilford County Department for Health and Human Services WIC Office, Rice Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Health, Warnersville Recreation Center and the Family Success Center in High Point. Additional sites will follow.
  • Improve transitions, including PreK to K.
    • A design team will be re-launched to address key barriers in Guilford around PreK to K transition. An initial planning meeting was held with the Partnership for Children of Guilford County staff. Suggested team members include: school principals of NC PreK sites, unlicensed/private child care facilities, GCD; NC PreK committee, GCS leadership.
    • The Partnership for Children will administer a pilot for standardizing transition plans for two NC PreK classrooms. Contractors will receive more details in January.
  • Make high-quality care affordable and accessible to all children. A strategic plan developed by a variety of key stakeholders has been developed for addressing how to attract, engage and retain early childhood teachers in Guilford County. Nine strategies are being explored with action plans developed. Additional funding and partnerships will be needed to ensure implementation of the plan. More details soon.
  • Build public will for early childhood priorities. The public will-building team has developed plans to communicate with several key audiences with the goal of increasing knowledge about the importance of brain development prenatally through age three.