Healthy Child Development & School Readiness
February 26–27, 2009
Project Thrive at NCCP joined the Build Initiative in Denver, CO to co-host a learning collaborative for eight state teams focused on the intersection of health, mental health and school readiness. The goals of the conference were to:
- To build upon emerging best program practices and policies from the health and mental health systems to support school readiness strategies.
- To support the health system in adopting exemplary health and mental health practices.
- To identify key policy actions that states can take to promote healthy child development and school readiness.
- To strengthen the linkages between health/mental health and early care and education and family support efforts.
Consistent with both Build and NCCP approaches, a strong emphasis was placed on peer-to-peer learning and sharing. State teams were provided opportunities to work together on action-oriented agendas that support systemic change for children and families.