How the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage is impacting young children and families in Kent County is the focus of an independent evaluation. Beginning in 2021, First Steps Kent contracted with Basis Policy Research, a research and evaluation firm focused on education and human services. The researchers are using a mixed-methodology approach to assess the implementation of Ready by Five-funded programs and provide evidence of their impact across the lifecycle of the millage.
The Ready by Five evaluation will address the following questions:
To what extent did Ready by Five providers implement services with fidelity?
What types of Ready by Five services are related to improved health and academic outcomes?
What is the impact of Ready by Five services on participants’ health and academic outcomes?
How do the benefits of Ready by Five services compare to the financial investment of the Ready by Five Millage?
Year One Findings
Key findings for the first year (2022) of the evaluation include:
Ready by Five services reached 12,184 young children and families.
Ready by Five service providers completed 14,521 encounters with young children and families
57% of young children and families served were from populations that historically have been marginalized.
45% of participants’ household incomes are less than $40,000 annually.
Approximately 17% of young children and families served speak a primary language other than English.