About READY! for Kindergarten
A National Model for School Readiness
The READY! for Kindergarten™ early learning program brings families and communities the following benefits:
- Parents and caregivers are better equipped to help babies and young children develop strong brain connections that determine how they will think, learn and grow.
- Children enter kindergarten prepared and eager for school.
- The achievement gap is dramatically reduced by helping children start and stay at grade level.
- Children experience social-emotional well-being because they keep pace with their peers.
Developed in 2002 by the Children's Reading Foundation and the Kennewick (WA) School District, this model school readiness program offers age-appropriate trainings, targets and tools for parents and caregivers of children birth to five years that ensure children success in school and throughout life.
Through a series of three classes each year, parents and caregivers learn about age-appropriate targets and tools to use at home to ensure children begin kindergarten prepared. Much of the 90-minute class time is spent understanding their child's specific targets and practicing how to use the tools at home.
The READY! for Kindergarten curriculum is designed around 26 Age Level Targets© , or measurable skills, that a typical 5-year-old needs to be familiar with by the time he or she starts kindergarten. Parents learn how to guide their child toward the targets that are attainable for their child's level of development.
Class participants receive an early learning tool kit for each class they attend containing age-appropriate learning materials for them to use with their child at home. Tools include such things as floor puzzles, colorful wooden shapes, blocks, magnetic letters and numbers, and audio CDs.
Join over 100 school districts and organizations and thousands of parents who have discovered READY! for Kindergarten's proven early learning program that supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teacher.