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”
By Ready4K Content Leads, Fran Lartigue and Rebecca Honig Recently I discovered my new favorite media outlet. It’s called “What’s the News?” It’s broadcast live, via Google Classroom, every morning at 9:05 am. The reporters are all seven-year-olds. The host is Ms. F., their second-grade teacher. And the format is always the same. The newsContinue reading ““What’s the news?” Using Questions to Make At-Home Learning Easier”
Building math muscles can be fun and easy! Parents tell us they feel empowered when they see how simple it can be to turn everyday moments into teachable moments. We invite you to share these Ready4K math messages with your birth-4th grade families. Download to post in your social feeds, send in emails, or sendContinue reading “Shareable Math Messages”
By Rebecca Honig, Director of Content & Curriculum Parenting has a distinct lack of scaffolding. I remember the shock I felt three days after giving birth to my first child when the nurse came in and happily announced, “You get to go home today.” I was like, “Wait… what…. you’re just going to let meContinue reading “Scaffolding Parental Engagement”
United Way Coastal Bend and Corpus Christi ISD share many families and a common mission. So when they decided to collaborate, the impact was powerful.
By Maya Sussman, director of product I almost didn’t see the little girl on her Strider, sliding down the hill. I was so focused on my plan for getting up this steep hill, dodging kids just wasn’t on my radar. Thankfully, while I was panicking, she gave herself another scoot, propelling her bike in aContinue reading “An End to the Plan-ic”
By Curran Mahowald, Partner Success This back-to-school season, many educators are managing a tricky tension with their family engagement strategy. They want to provide as much support as possible to families without overwhelming them. And parents are getting lots of digital resources for at-home learning. As a result, many of our partners here at Ready4KContinue reading “Goldilocks Family Engagement”
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