The Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. The Governor outlined a single set of early childhood outcomes against which all public investments will be assessed:


  • Children born healthy;

  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;

  • Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and

  • Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.