The overarching goal of Ready Set Succeed is to
improve kindergarten transitions in Flint, with a
focus on racial equity.
In the 2023-24 school year, the Flint Center for Educational Excellence
will launch a new approach to kindergarten transitions in Flint: Ready
Set Succeed. Ready Set Succeed is a community-wide, relationship based approach to improve preschool to kindergarten transitions for
Black children and their families in Flint. The initiative includes six
components strategically created to engage all important adults in a
scholar’s life—community partners, families, educators, school
leaders— as well as the scholars themselves, to all be ready for the
1. Culturally Responsive Training and Coaching for teachers and school leaders, focused on addressing racial bias and building culturally responsive classrooms.
2. Building Bridges meetings to bring Pre-K and kindergarten teachers together around the theme of kindergarten-readiness (ready children, ready schools, and ready families).
3. Family visits to support school-family partnerships in preparation for the transition into elementary school.
4. Community Conversations to foster community-wide support for the kindergarten transition.
5. Buddy Visits to introduce Pre-K children to elementary schools and their future peers.
6. Family engagement and advocacy sessions to support parents as they advocate for their children during and after the kindergarten transition.
The Pilot evaluation is a formative study. The goal is to find out what works and what doesn’t work to
make changes and improve Ready Set Succeed. This study includes informal and formal feedback loops
and data collection.
The Impact evaluation is an outcomes study, where we will compare outcomes for students, families, educators, and community members that use Ready Set Succeed with those that continue with business as usual to understand if Ready Set Succeed changes outcomes.
The Kindergarten follow-up evaluation will compare outcomes for student who had access to Ready
Set Succeed, compared to their peers who did not, after they transition into kindergarten.