Experts say one in five kids in Springfield are not ready to learn when they start Kindergarten.
Now there's a plan in place. It's called the Every Child Promise. Over the next ten years, at-risk kids will be given more resources, like access to preschool and better nutrition.
Public and private resources will pay for the one million dollar price tag. More than half of the money is already in the bank.
It's not an overhaul, but the promise targets key areas where at-risk kids struggle.
Improvements will be made with access in early childhood education, nutritional programs and health care.
"I know so many kids that struggle in our community. I can tell you their names and I see their faces and I say this is for you. This is for them. We are really going to do something to make their life better," said Dana Carroll, a child advocate with the Every Child Promise.
The committee needs volunteers. Especially those with early education backgrounds. Go to the Every Child Promise website and click get involved.