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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
"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!"
"These texts have given me ideas for games to play, and advice on how to handle new situations. Very helpful!"
"I feel more confident because they give me an idea of what is age appropriate for my children."
"I dig it! Not too heavy handed, but helpful tips."
"We’re spending more quality time together by working through the different suggested activities. We have more one on one time."
"Thus is my 1st time receiving text regarding parenting information and so far I am loving it."
"They provide quick easy activities that I can do with my child."
"I love getting the text and the information is very useful."
"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."
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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Request an 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.
Head Starts automatically qualify for the highest grant funding level.