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Empower your families
Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages. Each week, parents and caregivers receive text messages with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the shampoo bottle during bath time and naming their sounds.
Serve the hardest-to-reach
Our access-first approach makes Ready4K a favorite way for community based organizations to deliver both high quality parenting curricula AND essential local resources right into families’ hands.
And we can help you partner with your local schools or Head Starts, boosting the impact of your program and the reach of their family engagement work.
- Available in 10+ languages
- Give families a strengths-based parenting curriculum, delivered wherever they are
- Select the program that best meets your families’ needs: whole child Core, Trauma-Informed, or Personalized Learning
- Send your own messages to connect families to local resources or information about upcoming events
- Survey families to learn what they need the most
- See the impact on your families with family engagement surveys and an end-of-year impact report
What Parents Receiving Ready4K Messages Say
"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."
"Ready4K has helped a lot when she gets upset. Instead of getting upset she is now able to control her feeling by not getting frustrated but rather she will fold clothes or her favorite, matching socks and taking counting and taking 3 deep breaths"
"They have helped me be calmer dealing with him and they have helped me to help him communicate better with others"
"After doing activities together I believe our relationship is stronger. Her communication skills are growing every day and everything I do to encourage them helps!"
"There is an over-saturation of things to read and you can feel inadequate. Getting these texts feel like reassurances."
“[My favorite activity is] listening and talking with my son. Devices tend to get in the way of living in todays era, it's nice to put them away and actually communicate with each other. It's important.”
“The tips on how to handle a stressful situation have been helpful. Tips like yesterday's that end by saying "It happens to ALL parents" remind me that I'm not alone with my feelings, failures and frustrations.”
“I understand more about their thought process and developing mind to look past big emotions. Plus, I find a lot of the activities suggested improve quality time and learning opportunities which help lessen the impact and frequency of big emotions. Thank you”
Not long ago we got a letter from our first graders school teachers saying he would be pulled out of his small group reading intervention because he had surpassed all of his goals. Not only that but we have watched as he has grown and opened up like a little flower. Where once he was so painfully shy he no longer is. He has grown in self confidence and so many other ways. I attribute most of this to the texts you send with ideas and so much more. Even right down to keeping my own sanity when things are hectic and chaotic. I can't say enough about these great texts!
How Ready4K Works
Enroll the hardest-to-reach
The Ready4K team gives you multiple ways to connect with families, ensuring that even the hardest-to-reach receive support.
Your families will begin receiving texts
Each week, parents receive texts with fun facts and tips on how to support their children’s development by building on daily routines.
Increase your impact
Support families all year long. You can also send custom messages, track click data, and survey families to learn what matters most to them.
Watch your families grow
Quarterly family engagement surveys and end of year impact reports show how your families are growing with Ready4K.
Choose the Ready4K curriculum that best meets your program’s goals.
Standards aligned whole child parenting curriculum to spark everyday learning moments
Aligned to the protective factors framework to give families an additional layer of support
Curated curriculum based on a child’s Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) screener results
Wondering which solution is the best fit for your families?
What Partners Say 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."
“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.”
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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.