Illinois Cares for Kids - Ready4K®

Support, Empower, and Engage Illinois Families in Their Children’s Learning

Families are your greatest allies in the development and education of children. With the Illinois Cares for Kids sponsored Ready4K family engagement program, your organization can deliver evidence-based support directly to families with children birth through grade 5 with no added work for your team and at NO COST.

Available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Polish, ParentPowered’s Ready4K programs are the easiest, most effective way to provide strategies and resources that can lead to an additional 2–3 months of additional growth over the course of a year.  

Get Started with Low-Lift, High-Impact Family Support — at No Cost!

Fill out the form to schedule a call and personalized tour of Ready4K. If you’re ready to enroll your families, we can help you get started right away!

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Highly Accessible, Evidence Based, Hands Off — and Proven to Positively Impact Student Outcomes

More than 95% of families use text messaging, which is why all Ready4K programs use text to deliver information, tips, and strategies directly to families each week. Once you’ve enrolled your families (in one simple step), sit back and let Ready4K do the rest.

Each message supports healthy child development with actionable insights, research-based activities, and learning extensions that are:

  • Fast and fun to do for kids and their grownups
  • Accessible to everyone — no extra materials required
  • Strengths based and easily integrated with existing family routines
  • Tailored to each child’s age, from birth to grade 5
  • Available in multiple languages

Parents found Ready4K texts helpful in engaging children in early math skill building.


Learned New Math Tips

Source: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital study

Parents report that Ready4K helps make learning a part of their daily lives.


Made Learning a Part of Every Day

Source: ParentPowered national longitudinal family survey

The Ready4K approach outperformed other digital family engagement tools in a headtohead study.


Found Activities Easy To Do

Source: Minnesota early education study

Two Programs to Support Your Families

Ready4K Core and Ready4K Trauma-Informed

Illinois Cares for Kids covers the cost of two ParentPowered Ready4K evidence-based family engagement curricula.

Ready4K Core

Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K Core is aligned to the Illinois learning standards; ESSER, Titles I, III, IV, and V; and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, PFCE Framework, and Quality Improvement initiatives.

Families receive three text messages per week that support whole child development. Explore the age-appropriate content:

Ages 0-3
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Language & Literacy
  • STEAM & Play
  • Physical Development
PK3 & PK4
  • Social Emotional Learning & Health
  • Language & Literacy
  • Math & Science
  • Technology and Engineering & the Arts
  • Play
  • Approaches to Parenting
  • Home & School Connections
Kindergarten-5th Grade
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • English Language Arts
  • Math & Science
  • Approaches to Parenting
  • Home & School Connections

Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hmong, Russian, Polish, and Burmese.

View Sample Messages

Core - Social Emotional Learning

Ready4K Trauma-Informed

Purposefully designed to support families impacted by trauma, Ready4K Trauma-Informed provides tools and insights to help families buffer the effects of trauma and navigate challenge and adversity.

Just like Ready4K Core, families will receive information and easy tips each week via text message to strengthen the Protective Factors — the five characteristics or strengths that can prevent or reverse the damaging effects of trauma.

The content has been vetted by mental health experts, community health workers, and families impacted by trauma to ensure activities:

  • Avoid potential triggers
  • Map to different lived experiences
  • Are doable even during challenging times

Available in English, Spanish, and Polish.

Core - Social Emotional Learning
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Ready to Learn More? Join an Information Session.

Held weekly | Pick the day that works best for you.

Get a closer look at ParentPowered’s Ready4K programs and ask your questions to an implementation manager.

Want to connect with an expert? Reach out to schedule a one-on-one session.

Families Across Illinois Are Helping Their Children Learn and Grow with Support from ParentPowered

"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!"

Age Range: PK

"These texts have given me ideas for games to play, and advice on how to handle new situations. Very helpful!"

Age Range: Toddler

"I feel more confident because they give me an idea of what is age appropriate for my children."

Age Range: Elementary

"I dig it! Not too heavy handed, but helpful tips."

Age Range: Infant

"We’re spending more quality time together by working through the different suggested activities. We have more one on one time."

Age Range: Elementary

"Thus is my 1st time receiving text regarding parenting information and so far I am loving it."

Age Range: PK

"They provide quick easy activities that I can do with my child."

Age Range: Infant

"I love getting the text and the information is very useful."

Age Range: Elementary

Preview Messages

Each message is strengths-based, easy to understand, and gives families that “I can do it!” feeling. All while sparking an Illinois standards-aligned learning moment.

No wonder over 91% of families report increased confidence in their ability to support their child’s learning as a result of support from ParentPowered’s evidence-based programs.

Getting Started Is Simple.

And ParentPowered Keeps It That Way Year-Round.

Both of the Illinois Cares for Kids sponsored Ready4K family engagement programs are available at no cost to school districts, individual schools, childcare providers, and Head Starts.

Start providing your families evidence-based support now.

Enroll families with one click.

Sit back and let ParentPowered do the rest!

In addition to the weekly text messages sent to families, your organization will receive:

  • Advanced data & analytics tools
  • Quarterly family engagement surveys, delivered by text
  • End-of-Year impact reports
  • Teacher supports, including newsletters

All of these features and more are available on the Ready4K Dashboard. Check it out.

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