Insights from Ready4K

Mortar and Bricks: How Tennessee’s Early Literacy Champions Achieved the Extraordinary

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”

Michigan Family Engagement: Insights & Actions from the Field

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”

Meeting Parents Where They Are: WAKE Up and Read

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”

140,000 Families Across Tennessee Enrolled in Ready4K Text-Based Program

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”

8 Children’s Books to Warm Your Heart This Winter

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”

Evidence to Impact: Ready4K & Sequatchie Valley Head Start

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”

Webinar invitation: SEL for Kids, Families, and YOU

Social Emotional Learning for Kids, Families, and You

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”

A Timely Topic

“I’d write…Thank you so much for making people safe. The job you are doing is amazing” There’s a lot to do and say and improve today. Which is why this is the perfect time to say “I appreciate you.”

Beyond Good Intentions: Lessons Learned for Inspiring Family Engagement

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”

Webinar: How to Host a Can’t-Miss Virtual Family Event

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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