Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. We have many partners across the state working to see this become a reality. Each of the partners contributes to this through unique programs and efforts that, collectively, serve the whole child and their family.
Since its beginning in September 2006, Best Beginnings has consistently carried out our mission by investing funds, resources, time, and energy in growing readers, building strong families, and engaging community.
From FY 2018 – FY 2020, Best Beginnings will focus our work and resources on improving Alaska children’s communication, language, and literacy skills to contribute to kindergarten readiness.
Average Alaska Developmental Profile scores measuring awareness of print concepts and knowledge of letters and symbols will increase.
Actions to Achieve Our Goals
Increase access to books through Imagination Library, develop and share information and materials to educate parents via multiple avenues to meet them where they are, utilize partnerships to strengthen outreach.
Collect information through parent surveys, partner surveys, general population surveys, and tracking the results of the Alaska Developmental Profile.
We’ll Know We’re on Track
Parents are reading with their children more and have increased knowledge of positive learning practices.