Head Starts

Head Starts

Highly accessible, evidence-based family engagement aligned to the Head Start Early Learnings Outcomes and PFCE Frameworks — with easy implementation through ChildPlus. 

Meets all requirements of the Head Start Compendium of Parent Interventions, with Trauma-Informed support for your agency’s Quality Improvement efforts. 

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Empower your families


Ready4K evidence-based family engagement curricula make it easy to give families what they need to support your Head Start learning goals. 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.

Want an extra level of support? Ready4K Trauma-Informed is designed to support families who have experienced multiple ACEs and is a great way to connect families with concrete resources.

Do you use the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3)? Ready4K Personalized Learning curates a custom curriculum based on your students’ screener results, provides referrals when appropriate, and sends reminders to take the next screener.


Parent, Family & Community Engagement Made Easy

With every Ready4K curriculum, we make it easy for you to deliver a great family engagement program to your families. 


  • Ready4K is available in 10+ languages
  • Three unique programs give you flexibility to focus on what matters to you
  • Enroll all families with one click with ChildPlus
  • Send your own messages to connect families to local resources
  • Analyze data on demand
  • Loop teachers into the conversation with newsletters for each Ready4K unit
  • 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 families with one click

The Ready4K report in ChildPlus enables programs to easily enroll all of their families in one click —  in multiples languages for multiple ages.


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.

Ready4K Products

Choose the Ready4K curriculum that best meets your program’s goals.

Ready4K Core

Head Start-aligned whole child parenting curriculum to spark everyday learning moments

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Core - PK3 Math


Aligned to the protective factors framework to give families an additional layer of support

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Social and Emotional Competency of Children

Personalized Learning

Personalized curriculum based on a child’s Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) screener results

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Gross Motor

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.”

Angela Glore
Executive Director
First 5 Del Norte

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

James Pond
Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

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

Lori Krzeszewski
WAKE Up and Read
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
Sequatchie Valley Head Start

"It's old school, new school. It's innovative, but then the text messaging... it's a quick read. And just like that this can reach so many families."

Christy Vandergriff
Assistant Director
Sequatchie Valley Head Start

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Ready4K Funding

Looking for ways to fund your Ready4K program? We can help.

Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF)

Ready4K leverages the power of text messaging to send evidence-based messages addressing each of the Central Domains in the ELOF: Social & Emotional Development; Language & Literacy; Cognition; and, Perceptual, Motor, & Physical Development.

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Head Start Trauma Informed

Informed by SAMHSA’s 4Rs, built on a robust evidence base, and closely aligned to Head Start requirements, Ready4K Trauma-Informed can be supported through funds set aside for family engagement, Head Start Quality Improvement Funds, and COVID-19 funding, among others.

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PFCE Framework

Ready4K has the strongest evidence base in the field, meeting all requirements of the Head Start Compendium of Parent Interventions. Ready4K also supports the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework through positive, goal-oriented relationships.

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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.

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