Insights from Ready4K

Concrete Resources Families Want

By Maya Sussman, director of product December may be the “Season of Giving,” but we know that schools, Head Starts, and community-based organizations are in the business of giving all year round. Our partners share concrete resources, opportunities, and advice with families constantly, based on their unique understanding of their community’s needs and strengths. ButContinue reading “Concrete Resources Families Want”

Ready4K is Going to Middle School!

By Rebecca Honig, director of content When my first child went to elementary school I basically went with her. I mean, I didn’t enroll officially, but there were enough PTA meetings, classroom volunteer opportunities, conferences, concerts, family nights, and field trips to give me the general sense that I was traveling through each grade rightContinue reading “Ready4K is Going to Middle School!”

Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

By Heer Shaikh, Program Success Manager “Sahteen” (صحتين) means “double health.” People wish each other “Sahteen” before and after eating. It’s one of the bits and pieces of culture I squirreled away when learning Arabic as a kid. There’s no equivalent in English or any of the other languages that were part of my childhood.Continue reading “Culturally Responsive Family Engagement”

Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration

This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. It’s a truism that schools are asked to play an increasing role in our social safety net for families. Community collaborationContinue reading “Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration”

Webinar: Sparking Family Literacy Moments

By the Ready4K Team Families are essential partners in building early literacy muscles. But catalyzing those moments requires a great plan that: Makes it easy for families Leverages your strengths Encourages families to feel like they’re part of the team In this workshop we explore and practice proven tactics for creating a family-facing literacy programContinue reading “Webinar: Sparking Family Literacy Moments”

Want to Solve Chronic Absenteeism?

Harness the Power of Family Engagement This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. By April Hawkins, Marketing Manager, and Chaná Edmond-Verley,Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Futures and President ofContinue reading “Want to Solve Chronic Absenteeism?”

Ready for Grade 5 Families

By Françoise Lartigue, M.Ed., Ready4K senior content and curriculum specialist When I was in the throes of parenting toddler twins and a preschooler, bleary eyed and physically exhausted, a friend with older children said, “Don’t worry it’ll shift. Parenting young children is mostly physically demanding. Parenting older kids is more mentally demanding.” “Oh”, I saidContinue reading “Ready for Grade 5 Families”

Case Study: Montana OPI Migrant Education Program and Ready4K

Across the country, the US agricultural sector relies on migrant workers. Migrant families work everywhere from the dairy farms of Vermont to the berry fields of southern California to the fisheries of Alaska. And as they move, migrant families are also working hard to ensure that their children have the educational opportunities they deserve. ButContinue reading “Case Study: Montana OPI Migrant Education Program and Ready4K”

YOU time is important! Don't skip self-care. It powers your parenting.

Self-Care: Are Families Actually Doing It?

By Maya Sussman, Ready4K director of product “Last night I slept on a baseball…” A year ago today this line opened our call-to-action about taking Self-Care in Small Moments. We knew that with the pandemic wreaking havoc with everyone’s daily routine, and stress skyrocketing, creative solutions to self-care were essential.  We were so excited toContinue reading “Self-Care: Are Families Actually Doing It?”

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