The pattern plays itself out time and time again. A grant application is released. A funder thinks they know what might work. A committee is formed. A position is created. The grant expires. The funder leaves. The committee is abolished. A person retires.
Attempting to pull together enough programs or initiatives to support every child simply hasn’t worked and has left our most vulnerable populations at risk of falling through the cracks between the thousand points of light. We are program rich, but system poor.
If we’re going to solve the system-level challenges of ensuring success for every child, we all need to coordinate our efforts around clearly defined goals. And then focus our resources on interventions that are proven to improve outcomes.
There is no silver bullet, no more waiting for superman.