By Rebecca Honig and Françoise Lartigue, Ready4K Content Leaders As we get farther into a school year so disrupted by the pandemic, research is beginning to emerge on areas in which students seem to be experiencing the largest loss. Initial findings suggest that math may be at the top of the list. Three studies basedContinue reading “The Mathephant in the Room”
The screeching started at 6:00am on a Monday morning. I raced to my son’s room following the sound. In my sleepy state I couldn’t tell if it was anguish or joy. When I arrived, I found him sitting, arms raised in the air, like he had just won something BIG. “Mom!” he said when heContinue reading “That Friday Dance Feeling”
By Fran Lartigue, Content Manager A: When he’s a burrito! When my son was in kindergarten he would wrap himself in a blanket and proclaim that he was a “burrito” and I should come and eat him up. The first time he did this I smothered him in hot sauce and gobbled him up –Continue reading “When is a Kindergartener not a Kindergartener?”
James Pond, president of Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), knows that strong foundations require both bricks and mortar. That’s why his team at GELF focuses on knowing their community and connecting and cementing opportunities to grow early literacy success in Tennessee. So when a global pandemic hit, GELF’s commitment to collaboration and understanding the workContinue reading “Mortar and Bricks: How Tennessee’s Early Literacy Champions Achieved the Extraordinary”
By Rebecca Honig, Director of Content & Curriculum This weekend I had an opportunity to listen in to a mixed age conversation about dreams. It was a group of PreK-2nd graders. Under normal circumstances they’d be meeting in person to do projects, play together, learn together. This year, like so many things, they come togetherContinue reading “On Development and Dreams”
Ready4K has been really inspired by the work of our diverse partners, who are constantly innovating to improve service to families. So we decided to host this free webinar to highlight great work happening in a state with many families we serve: Michigan. Whether you’re located in Michigan or not, the speakers have insights toContinue reading “Michigan Family Engagement: Insights & Actions from the Field”
Literacy doesn’t occur in isolation. That simple statement is at the heart of WAKE Up and Read, a coalition of 35 different agencies and organizations across Wake County founded in 2011. From the Wake County Public Schools Office of Early Learning to The Daniel Center for Math and Science, from the Wake County Libraries toContinue reading “Meeting Parents Where They Are: WAKE Up and Read”
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation and TDOE Partnership Reflects the Largest Statewide Rollout of Ready4K in U.S. Monday, January 11, 2021 | 01:13pm Nashville, TN – Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), announced a statewide rollout of Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program to help parents support their students in learning at home. This marks the largest statewide rollout of the Ready4KContinue reading “140,000 Families Across Tennessee Enrolled in Ready4K Text-Based Program”
By Rebecca Honig, Director of Content & Curriculum “Once upon a time…” I still get goose bumps when I hear that phrase. It means something magical is about to happen. It means I’m about to get transported to a far-off place or a time long ago. It means a story is beginning. As a child,Continue reading “The Power of a Story”
By Curran Mahowald, Marketing & Partner Success Manager “A book lets you zoom from time or place. But don’t bother packing. You can stay in one place!” These iconic words from Lavar Burton of Reading Rainbow have taken on new significance in a time of shelter in place and travel restrictions. But at Ready4K, we’reContinue reading “8 Children’s Books to Warm Your Heart This Winter”
We had a great time with everyone who joined us on Dec. 8, 2020 for this webinar on SEL for Kids, Grown-Ups, and YOU. All the resources we shared are available below, as well as sample messages you can share with your families. Messages Families Use Families have told us that these kinds of SELContinue reading “SEL & Self-Care for Kids, Grown-Ups, and YOU”
By Maya Sussman, Director of Product With centers spread across five counties and almost 2,000 square miles, Sequatchie Valley Head Start (SVHS) serves families living in a large area of rural Tennessee, at the Southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. Each year SVHS enrolls about 400 children from low-income families, ranging in age from infantsContinue reading “Evidence to Impact: Ready4K & Sequatchie Valley Head Start”
Grown-ups are familiar with modeling literacy and math skills. But when it comes to social-emotional learning, modeling strong skills can be harder. Especially when adults are under stress. In this 1-hour webinar, we’re going to dive deep into the world social-emotional support and family engagement. Join us to explore: Self-care strategies for educators How toContinue reading “Social Emotional Learning for Kids, Families, and You”
By Francoise Lartigue, Content Manager Lately I feel like an old GPS system. The kind that announces it is “recalculating” every time you miss a turn, as it tries to find a new route. Because each time my family gets a bit of traction, like with a new routine or plan, something seems to throwContinue reading ““Recalculating…”: Calm-Down Strategies for Every Age”
The lessons we’ve learned will help you get community resources into families’ hands. As importantly, it will get those resources used by the families that need them.
By Maya Sussman, Director of Product My inbox is like a journey through my own great intentions. 12 heart-healthy fall recipes Best hikes on the West Coast Your Personal Trainer is Waiting! Great offers are everywhere. The problem is that these offers often backfire. Instead of taking action, I end up feeling overwhelmed by allContinue reading “Beyond Good Intentions: Lessons Learned for Inspiring Family Engagement”
By the Ready4K Team Literacy Nights, Family Fun Evenings, Learn-Togethers: your family workshops are critical to setting families up for success. In fact, state or federal funding often requires them! Today’s unusual situation means we’re all learning new ways to support families from afar. And that includes family workshops. So how do you hold aContinue reading “Webinar: How to Host a Can’t-Miss Virtual Family Event”
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