The NGA Task Force on School Readiness offers recommendations and policy options for what governors can do to promote ready states, ready schools, ready communities, ready families, and ready children in Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: Final Report of the NGA Task Force on School Readiness and companion piece, Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: A Governor's Guide to School Readiness.

Many of the recommendations presented in this Report are already in place to varying degrees in different states so there is much to build upon. And not every recommendation offered comes with a high price tag. Even in a lean fiscal environment, states have an opportunity to set priorities, align policies, build collaborative relationships and leverage existing resources to maximize impact and achieve goals over the long term.

Final Report of the Task Force on School Readiness
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The Governor’s Guide to School Readiness ties the state policy recommendations of the task force to concrete examples of state initiatives to promote school readiness. It includes key considerations for state policymakers and resources to help inform their decisions. The Guide follows the same readiness framework as the task force report, presenting what states are doing to build Ready States and to support Ready Schools, Ready Communities, Ready Families, and Ready Children.


A Governor's Guide to School Readiness Entire Document (35 MB)

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