Gray Presents Early Success Framework

4/27/2012, 12:49 p.m.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced during a gathering this week at the Southeast Children's Fund Child Development Center, that he has joined educational and human-services leaders in presenting his Early Success Framework

The initiative - which focuses on ways District government and partner agencies engage issues surrounding early-childhood education and healthy child development -- will not only more closely coordinate local government agencies, but ensure that all District children develop and learn in nurturing and healthy environments.

"During my State of the District Address earlier this year, I said that I want the District to 'Seize the Future' by creating a new economy, by ensuring that our residents are prepared to fill the jobs in that new economy and by improving the quality of life for all in our city," Gray said. "Early-childhood education and development is integral to each of those priorities. That's why we're announcing this Early Success Framework, which will help us coordinate efforts across the many functions of our government and our partners that touch on early-childhood education and development and will also help us measure our progress."

Among some of the Framework 's challenges are efforts to meet outcomes in quality standards for the District's early-childhood programs, provide access to high-quality programs for low-income children, and to lower the threshold for eligibility to participate in programs in support of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.

The Framework -- which is part of Gray's cradle-to-career" plan -- is the result of efforts coordinated by the offices of Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Deputy Mayor for Education.