Family Engagement Programs from ParentPowered, Ready4K

Highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement

 

Accessible for families. Easy to implement. Deliver evidence-based family engagement directly into your parents’ hands – and get robust outcomes data to demonstrate your impact.

Discover our one-of-a-kind Core, Trauma-Informed, and data-driven Personalized Learning family engagement programs for birth through 8th grade.

Highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement — Available at No Cost to Illinois Educational Organizations

With the Illinois Cares for Kids sponsored Ready4K family engagement program, your organization can deliver evidence-based support directly to families with children birth through grade 5 with no added work for your team and at NO COST.

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Who We Serve

No matter where you are in the United States, you can give your families the Ready4K advantage! See how we support organizations just like yours.

Schools & Districts

Standards-aligned programs that activate families as PK-8th grade learning partners, meeting multiple ESSA and ESSER requirements.

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State Agencies

Flexible, standards-aligned family engagement that easily scales to reach your birth-to-8th grade learning goals.

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Head Starts

Head Start-aligned programs that elevate your family engagement strategy, including the one-of-a-kind Ready4K Trauma-Informed.

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Communities

Make it easy to give families and children the extra support they deserve — and amplify the impact of your family support programs.

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“I think Ready4K fills a need that no other program I’ve been able to find to date can fill.”

Dr. Wai‘ale‘ale Sarsona

Vice President of the Hi‘ialo Group for Kamehameha Schools

“Ready4K provides a unique way for parents to engage with their students in age appropriate ways. We love the specific tips and tricks families can quickly use that support the academic environment.”

Leslie Blockman

IL AWARE Grant Manager, Bloomington District 87

Rooted in Research. Proven in Practice.

Developed by educational researchers, practitioners, and parents, Ready4K is a highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement solution that is carefully designed to drive impact at every step along the way.

It starts with our focus on access. More than 95% of families use text message, which makes it the perfect way to deliver evidence-based curricula to birth through 8th grade families each week in 10+ languages.

With Core, Trauma-Informed, and developmental data-driven Personalized Learning family engagement solutions, Ready4K is the only provider with general support, support for families working to overcome the trauma of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and support for children with potential developmental delays.

Next is ease of implementation. The Ready4K Dashboard turns everything from enrollment to reporting into a one-click process. From research-based surveys to on-demand surveying tools and end-of-year impact reports, the dashboard will lighten your reporting load.

Through Family workshops, the Ready4K family communication system, and additional educator supports we make it easy to increase your impact.

And with the strongest evidence base in the field, it’s clear to see why organizations across the country choose Ready4K.

 

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Rooted in Research. Proven in Practice.

Developed by educational researchers, practitioners, and parents, Ready4K is a highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement solution that is carefully designed to drive impact at every step along the way.

It starts with our focus on access. More than 95% of families use text message, which makes it the perfect way to deliver evidence-based curricula to birth through 5th grade families each week in 10+ languages.

With Core and Trauma-Informed family engagement solutions, Ready4K is the only provider with general support and support for families working to overcome the trauma of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Next is ease of implementation. The Ready4K Dashboard turns everything from enrollment to reporting into a one-click process. From research-based surveys to on-demand surveying tools and end-of-year impact reports, the dashboard will lighten your reporting load.

And with the strongest evidence base in the field, it’s clear to see why organizations across the country choose Ready4K.

 

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Start Your Equity Grant Application

Ready4K is deeply committed to serving economically disadvantaged families. We’re proud to offer qualifying organizations an Equity Grant — to ensure that our highly-accessible, evidence-based family engagement solutions are available in every community. Awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply today.

Learn more about Equity Grant Awards

Who We Serve

Ready4K partners include Schools & Districts, States Agencies, Head Starts, and Communities from diverse rural, urban, and suburban settings across the United States, including those working to overcome the trauma of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Our solutions, which include Ready4K Core, Ready4K Trauma-Informed, and Ready4K Personalized Learning, support families from birth through 8th grade in more than 10 languages.  For partners serving families with unique needs, additional cultural and linguistic options are also available.

 

Schools & Districts

Standards-aligned programs that activate families as PK-8th grade learning partners, meeting multiple ESSA and ESSER requirements.

Learn More

State Agencies

Flexible, standards-aligned family engagement that easily scales to reach your birth-to-8th grade learning goals.

Learn More

Head Starts

Head Start-aligned programs that elevate your family engagement strategy, including the one-of-a-kind Ready4K Trauma-Informed.

Learn More

Communities

Make it easy to give families and children the extra support they deserve — and amplify the impact of your family support programs.

Learn More

Available at No Cost to Illinois Educational Organizations

Both of the Illinois Cares for Kids sponsored Ready4K family support programs are available at no cost to school districts, individual schools, childcare providers, and Head Starts.

Programs are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hmong, Russian, Polish, and Burmese.

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What Parents Are Saying About Ready4K

"The messages give me reassurance that we are learning age appropriate life skills and that my child is on the right path to being ready for K!"

Age Range: PK

"These texts have given me ideas for games to play, and advice on how to handle new situations. Very helpful!"

Age Range: Toddler

"I feel more confident because they give me an idea of what is age appropriate for my children."

Age Range: Elementary

"I dig it! Not too heavy handed, but helpful tips."

Age Range: Infant

"We’re spending more quality time together by working through the different suggested activities. We have more one on one time."

Age Range: Elementary

"Thus is my 1st time receiving text regarding parenting information and so far I am loving it."

Age Range: PK

"They provide quick easy activities that I can do with my child."

Age Range: Infant

"I love getting the text and the information is very useful."

Age Range: Elementary

"They remind me of ways that I can continue to support her growth and development!"

"The tips and activities provided in the messages have been easy to incorporate into our daily routine and have noticeably improved our interactions and has given us the opportunity to make our normal activities more fun."

Families Across Illinois Are Helping Their Children Learn and Grow with Support from ParentPowered

"The messages give me reassurance that we are learning age appropriate life skills and that my child is on the right path to being ready for K!"

Age Range: PK

"These texts have given me ideas for games to play, and advice on how to handle new situations. Very helpful!"

Age Range: Toddler

"I feel more confident because they give me an idea of what is age appropriate for my children."

Age Range: Elementary

"I dig it! Not too heavy handed, but helpful tips."

Age Range: Infant

"We’re spending more quality time together by working through the different suggested activities. We have more one on one time."

Age Range: Elementary

"Thus is my 1st time receiving text regarding parenting information and so far I am loving it."

Age Range: PK

"They provide quick easy activities that I can do with my child."

Age Range: Infant

"I love getting the text and the information is very useful."

Age Range: Elementary

Improve Outcomes with Evidence-Based Ready4K Programs

2 to 3 Months Additional Growth

First studied at Stanford in randomized control trials, the Ready4K approach has been shown to increase student growth by 2 to 3 months over a school year. 

Explore the research behind the Ready4K approach, which meets the most rigorous ESSA and Head Start standards.

98% of Families Report Child Growth

Over 150,000 parent survey responses show that Ready4K messages increased the confidence of 94% of parents; strengthened 97% of parent-child relationships; and 98% families say Ready4K helped their child grow.

Check out our Impact page to see more survey results.

Accessible to All

Ready4K programs are designed with an access-first approach. From writing the curriculum, to delivering it straight into parents’ pockets, to making it easy for partners to get families started — every element of our program is informed by our commitment to equity and access.

Read More About Our Impact

Our Journey to Ready4K Trauma-Informed

It began with a request from a small rural coastal town. They needed a new way to support families facing some of the biggest challenges. Their community was experiencing trauma at a higher rate than the surrounding towns.

What Partners Are Saying About Ready4K

“We need to invest in things that parents don’t have to show up for, things that show up for parents in their homes.”

Angela Glore
Executive Director
First 5 Del Norte

"We've all miscalculated how desperately families really wanted something like this."

James Pond
President
Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

"Parents really appreciate that it is simple, doesn't require anything additional, and stays on their phone."

Lori Krzeszewski
Director
WAKE Up and Read
Wyoming Department of Education

"The biggest surprise was how easy the process was."

Amy Reyes
Early Learning Specialist
Wyoming DOE
Archdiocese of New York

"Ready4K is a great way to remind families that as a Catholic church, we're rooting for them."

Michael Coppotelli
Senior Associate Superintendent of Schools
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York
San Francisco USD Logo

“The Ready4K program is a resource for families that is practical and will actually help them advance their child’s development not only academically but also socially and emotionally.”

Meenoo Yashar
Chief, Early Education Department
San Francisco Unified School District
Montana Migrant Education Program

“What I love about it is that I can send out messages like ‘we’ve got a meeting at this time and place.’ And they all get it — Boom.”

Pat Lowthian
Project Manager
Montana Migrant Education Program
United Way of Coastal Bend

“It’s not something that you have to manage. I don’t have to worry about putting together the data. And I don’t have to formulate a report - I love that part.”

Sherry Peterson
Director of Success by 6
United Way of Coastal Bend
Kamehameha Schools Logo

"I think Ready4K fills a need that no other program I've been able to find to date can fill."

Dr. Wai'ale'ale Sarsona
Vice President of the Hi‘ialo Group
Kamehameha Schools
Clark County School District

"Connect with families in such an easy format... with ideas that are easily usable... It almost seemed like a no-brainer -- like why wouldn't you?"

Domenic Russo
Principal
Lee Antonello Elementary School

We’ve sent over 125 million Ready4K messages to 900,000+ families with fun facts, easy tips, reinforcement, encouragement, and pedagogically-scaffolded extension activities to help parents support their children’s development by building on everyday learning opportunities.

New York City
Wake County Public Schools
Governor's Early Literacy Foundation
Sequatchie Valley Head Start
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Pampa ISD
Jumpstart
National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
Skagit/Islands Head Start
Lexington County School District One
Illinois Cares for Kids
Los Angeles Unified School District

What Partners Are Saying About Ready4K

“We need to invest in things that parents don’t have to show up for, things that show up for parents in their homes.”

Angela Glore
Executive Director
First 5 Del Norte

"We've all miscalculated how desperately families really wanted something like this."

James Pond
President
Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

"Parents really appreciate that it is simple, doesn't require anything additional, and stays on their phone."

Lori Krzeszewski
Director
WAKE Up and Read
Wyoming Department of Education

"The biggest surprise was how easy the process was."

Amy Reyes
Early Learning Specialist
Wyoming DOE
Archdiocese of New York

"Ready4K is a great way to remind families that as a Catholic church, we're rooting for them."

Michael Coppotelli
Senior Associate Superintendent of Schools
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York
San Francisco USD Logo

“The Ready4K program is a resource for families that is practical and will actually help them advance their child’s development not only academically but also socially and emotionally.”

Meenoo Yashar
Chief, Early Education Department
San Francisco Unified School District
Montana Migrant Education Program

“What I love about it is that I can send out messages like ‘we’ve got a meeting at this time and place.’ And they all get it — Boom.”

Pat Lowthian
Project Manager
Montana Migrant Education Program
United Way of Coastal Bend

“It’s not something that you have to manage. I don’t have to worry about putting together the data. And I don’t have to formulate a report - I love that part.”

Sherry Peterson
Director of Success by 6
United Way of Coastal Bend
Kamehameha Schools Logo

"I think Ready4K fills a need that no other program I've been able to find to date can fill."

Dr. Wai'ale'ale Sarsona
Vice President of the Hi‘ialo Group
Kamehameha Schools
Clark County School District

"Connect with families in such an easy format... with ideas that are easily usable... It almost seemed like a no-brainer -- like why wouldn't you?"

Domenic Russo
Principal
Lee Antonello Elementary School

Join These Illinois Schools and Education Advocates in Offering Ready4K!

We reach families across Illinois with fun facts, easy tips, reinforcement, encouragement, and pedagogically-scaffolded extension activities to help families support their children’s development by building on everyday learning opportunities.

Offer Ready4K to your families at no cost through Illinois Cares for Kids. It’s low lift for your team (one-click enrollment and you’re done!) and high impact for families and kids.

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