In an unprecedented partnership, six national organizations, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Center for the Study of Social Policy, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and StriveTogether announced a joint effort to work with communities across the country to improve kindergarten readiness by focusing on child development during this most crucial period. The partnership will be funded by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI), a project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, which will invest more than $6.5 million initially during the one year pilot — with additional funding to follow — to enhance local supports for infants, toddlers and their families. The Sorenson Impact Center, housed at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, will work with PCI and the partner organizations to manage the initiative. This is the first in a series of PCI-supported national, state and local efforts to improve kindergarten readiness for children nationwide.