Ready4K Research

Ready4K Research

In a series of randomized controlled trials, the Ready4K approach has been shown to increase family engagement at home and school and increase child learning by 2 to 3 months over the course of a school year (York & Loeb, 2014; Doss, Fahle, Loeb & York, 2018; Cortes, Fricke, Loeb & Song, 2018; Cortes, Fricke, Loeb, Song & York, 2019).

A Leader in Educational Research

Our founder, Dr. Benjamin York, and colleagues from Stanford University first studied the Ready4K approach in a randomized controlled trial in San Francisco Unified School District with the District’s Early Education Department, which serves the citys lowestincome preschool families. Parents who received program messages found them very helpful and reported engaging in more home literacy activities with their children. Teachers also reported increased involvement among parents in the treatment group.

Ready4K has the strongest evidence base in the field of digital family engagement.

With multiple randomized controlled trials and ongoing evaluations with Stanford, Brown and Notre Dame, Ready4K is the only “strong evidence-based” digital family engagement solution meeting Head Start and ESSA Tier 1 standards. Here’s what the research has shown:

2-3  Months Literacy Gains

Parents who received Ready4K texts showed increased involvement at home and at school, and children gained important literacy skills.

A version of Ready4K personalized to each childs development level was even more effective.


More Effective

Parents Ready4K has helped families make learning a part of everyday based our national longitudinal survey.


Made Learning a Part of Every Day

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


Found Activities Easy To Do


The results of this research have been highlighted in:

Huffington Post
The New York Times
Education Week

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