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.
“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
Rooted in Research. Proven in Practice.
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.
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.
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.
Flexible, standards-aligned family engagement that easily scales to reach your birth-to-8th grade learning goals.
Head Start-aligned programs that elevate your family engagement strategy, including the one-of-a-kind Ready4K Trauma-Informed.
Make it easy to give families and children the extra support they deserve — and amplify the impact of your family support programs.
What Parents Are Saying About Ready4K
"Getting ideas to help them engage in conversation, understanding different objects and shapes the represent."
"They're always a good reminder to be intentional with my child when we do day-to-day activities."
"With the suggestions you suggest I use them right away & use them over & over. My daughter remembers repetition & she is progressing very well."
"It has increased her engagement with us and us with her, so that has been nice!"
"I have found ways for her to elaborate conversationally in ways I wouldn't normally have thought of."
"[Ready4K] is the same as having a life coach.. .very well needed and appreciated."
"With working full time, picking up from daycare, there is precious little time in the evening to connect with the family beyond dinner, these ideas help 👍."
"I appreciate the thoughtful suggestions and recommendations as daily reminders to be proactive in my children's development."
"Nos van guiando a sacar provecho de cada cosa cada sonido todo lo enseñado aplica hasta para mi bebé que tiene 15 meses y se ven los resultados ([Ready4K] guides us to take advantage of each thing, each sound. Everything they've taught applies even to my baby, who is 15 months old, and I can see the results.)"
"Que es muy importante la comunicación y también La forma de comunicarnos con los hijos pequeños para ayudarlos en su aprendizaje. ([I've learned] that communication is very important and also how to communicate with young children to help them in their learning.)"
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.
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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.”
"We've all miscalculated how desperately families really wanted something like this."
"Parents really appreciate that it is simple, doesn't require anything additional, and stays on their phone."
"The biggest surprise was how easy the process was."
"Ready4K is a great way to remind families that as a Catholic church, we're rooting for them."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"I think Ready4K fills a need that no other program I've been able to find to date can fill."
"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?"
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.