Shelby County, TN shared an approach to ensuring that community decision making particularly in the
legislative and public policy arenas consider their potential impact on child well-being. They encourage
the community to develop child impact statements as it engages in all types of policy making and
planning, asking how will this action affect the well-being of young children?
This seems like a possible and even likely addition to the statewide benchmarks for defining ready
communities — places that, as they engage in planning and policy making, use strategic tools to
determine impact on the school readiness of children under 5.
How does that sound and what do you think?