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Why Ready4K Personalized Learning?
Every child follows their own unique path as they grow and learn. Providing every family with the right insights to help support their child on this journey is the purpose behind the Ready4K Personalized Learning program.
Ready4K Personalized Learning takes the next step in achieving best-fit tips and activity ideas by using screener results to individualize the program to the child.
This program draws on randomized controlled trial research showing that sending text messages to families based on their child’s development level can increase child learning by more than 2-3 months (Doss, Fahle, Loeb & York, 2018).
The Personalized Learning Curriculum
Ready4K Personalized Learning provides families with a whole child curriculum informed by Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) screener results. The screener results are used to personalize the program to the child.
Each family receives text messages that support healthy growth and development within all areas screened with ASQ-3: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Personal-Social, and Problem Solving.
|When screener results indicate that, in a given area, the child is…||Families receive…|
|Above the Cutoff||Fun hands-on activities to strengthen these abilities and build skills to come in this area|
|Close to the Cutoff||Fun everyday activities that support targeted developmental milestones within this area|
|Below the Cutoff||
Activities that support parenting practices within this area. These messages focus on parental modeling and self-care, and do not require any response from the child.
Families also receive regular reminders about how to connect with a live person for support and further assessment.
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 Start and Early Head Start programs automatically qualify for the highest grant funding level.
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."
"The biggest surprise was how easy the process was."
"Ready4K is a great way to remind families that as a Catholic church, we're rooting for them."
“The Ready4K program is a resource for families that is practical and will actually help them advance their child’s development not only academically but also socially and emotionally.”
“What I love about it is that I can send out messages like ‘we’ve got a meeting at this time and place.’ And they all get it — Boom.”
“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.”
"I think Ready4K fills a need that no other program I've been able to find to date can fill."
"Connect with families in such an easy format... with ideas that are easily usable... It almost seemed like a no-brainer -- like why wouldn't you?"
Personalized Learning Partner Support
All Ready4K programs offer Partners a variety of implementation and data reporting supports. In addition, Partners who offer their families the Personalized Learning program receive the following:
Connect Families to Services
Ready4K works with your team to identify the local referral services you can leverage to support families whose screener results indicate further assessment should be pursued.
Promote Ongoing Screening
At the end of the program, families receive a link to the next ASQ-3 screening, with a reminder that filling it out will allow us to continue sending messages based on their child’s most up-to-date results. Their new results become the basis for another personalized program, beginning the following week.
What Parents Say About Ready4K Personalized Learning
"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."
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