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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
"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.)"
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.”
Read More About Our Impact
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One step at a time: The effects of an early literacy text messaging program for parents of preschoolers
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More than just a nudge: Supporting kindergarten parents with differentiated and personalized text-messages
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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.