Who are we?

We are a group of six organizations with distinct missions, but with the common goal of supporting the healthy development and school readiness of Boston’s young children.  In The Know: Boston’s Early Childhood Blog is our way to spread the word about the work we do with people and organizations who are interested in joining our early childhood campaign.

ReadBoston is a non-profit children’s literacy program that is driven by our mission to have children in Boston reading on grade level by the time they complete third grade. Founded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1995 to address low literacy levels among Boston’s youth, ReadBoston has since grown into a city-wide leader in the field of early literacy.

Jumpstart is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. To support this mission, we bring college students and community volunteers together with preschool children in low-income communities for a full school year of individualized mentoring and tutoring. Jumpstart’s research-based curriculum is focused on building language, literacy, social and emotional skills in preschool children, while providing our volunteers with a rewarding way to have lasting impact in their communities.

Launched in 2008 by United Way and the City of Boston, Thrive in Five is a 10-year effort that for the first time aligns families, educators, health care and human service providers, the private sector, and city departments – working in collaboration with state agencies – to ensure that all children will be ready for sustained school success. Thrive in Five is based on an understanding that the collective effort of everyone involved in children’s lives will support their success.

Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. Mayor Menino, the Boston School Committee and Superintendent Johnson partner with 28 local organizations to implement a school readiness campaign that helps families participate actively in their children’s education right from the start, understand the value of kindergarten, and learn how to choose schools and then register in the Boston Public Schools.

Boston Children’s Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live.  It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum.  Boston Children’s Museum incorporates two strategies – engaging families and building communities – to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids.

The Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. As an umbrella organization, CTF funds, evaluates, and promotes the work of over 100 agencies that serve parents. Parents need the support of their communities. CTF fulfills that need by providing funding, training, and program models that expand the capacity of communities to work with parents and children. The benefits are many – stronger communities, more effective parents and more children who are free from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.


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