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Ready by 21 National Meeting Pre-Meetings


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Please note that this is the 2017 Ready by 21 National Meeting agenda that occurred in March, 2017.
The 2018 Ready by 21 National Meeting Pre-Meeting information will be available in January, 2018.



Prior to the official start of the 2017 National Meeting, the Forum and our partners hosted a number of pre-sessions. Here are brief descriptions of each one.

The Children’s Funding Project Pre-Meeting shared the work underway to consolidate and strengthen the examples, tools and strategic support available for local leaders to analyze funding sources, align funding, generate new local funding, and measure the outcomes of their investments. This interactive workshop provided an opportunity for communities to explore their work in these areas and leave with action steps. In these uncertain times we want to ensure child advocates and local policymakers are taking ownership of the funding landscape and program investments that they need for kids in their communities to be Ready by 21 for college, work and life. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gaines.

The Place-Based Initiatives Pre-Meeting was intended for Promise Zone communities and P3 grantees supported by the US Dept. of Education and invited technical assistance partners. Participants had an opportunity to learn about how Ready by 21’s four building blocks for effective change (i.e., broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data, and bolder actions) can support place-based work.  Using the Change Horsepower Diagnostic and other Ready by 21 tools, participants learned about common characteristics of Ready by 21 initiatives, reflect on current conditions in their communities and identify next steps in implementing Ready by 21 approaches.  If you have any questions, please contact Tara Smith at   

The Success360 Cross-Site Pre-Meeting was intended for Altria’s Success360 grantees and local affiliates. Participants had an opportunity to meet in teams – both by locality and by partner – to explore how we might strengthen collaboration to expand and deepen our impact in Success360 communities.  If you have any questions, please contact Kris Minor at

The Weikart Center Pre-Meeting was intended for current Weikart Center clients and funding organizations as part of our ongoing commitment to a learning movement around continuous quality improvement in out-of-school time. Participants had an opportunity to hear directly from Weikart Center leadership, engage in dialogue with other network leaders from around the country and Weikart Center staff and field consultants. Program quality-focused sessions were offered throughout the National Meeting by the Weikart Center and its partners. If you have any questions about participating in the session, please email Adrienne Bard.