Welcome to Upstream Investments
This policy, sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and widely supported throughout the community, seeks to eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education and good health in nurturing home and community environments.The three primary strategies are:
Invest Early: Whenever possible, dedicate funding and other resources to prevention-focused policies and interventions.
Invest Wisely: Ensure that upstream policies and interventions have the highest possible likelihood of success by selecting those that are backed by sound evidence.
Invest Together: Focus community-wide upstream policies and interventions on preventing six targeted factors and improving 26 indicators of success to achieve the Upstream vision, mission, goals, and measureable impacts.
The Road to the Early Achievement and Development of Youth (READY) is a unique cross-sector partnership guided by the vision of local collective-impact initiatives, Upstream Investments and Cradle to Career. Built on the premise that prevention-focused policies and interventions have long-term impacts, READY garners local support for increasing the quality of early childhood education and facilitating the transition of young learners from early childhood education to kindergarten, with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap. READY will be employing three strategies to help meet this bold goal: coaching for early childhood educators, place-based READY teams, and a standard kindergarten readiness assessment. For more information or how to get involved, please contact READY@schsd.org.