Ready for K Alliance

Building a head of steam rolling into Kindergarten

The first five years of a child’s life are a time of enormous social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. For children to grow into successful adults, they need a supportive and healthy early foundation. We know that nearly 1/2 of the children in our community are not prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and we know that children who start out behind, tend to stay behind. In fact, nearly 2/3 of students who reach the fourth grade without proficient reading skills end up on welfare or in prison.  We are the community-wide convener in transforming Early Care and Education, based on our significant work in early childhood education including our most recent achievements with our Excellence Academy early learning centers through our collaboration with the Lift a Life Foundation and Community Coordinated Child Care. We now lead our community’s Ready for K Alliance partnership of nearly 100 partners for aligned strategies to boost improved early educational attainment, with a bold goal that 77% of our region’s children will be prepared for kindergarten by 2020.

Preparing all to achieve

Watch our video and see how we’re preparing all kids to win and kindergarten right from the start.

Real Stories

When we can get kids off to a good start, it allows them to build up a head of steam so that successes later in life can come easier. Metro United Way leads our community’s Ready for K Alliance partnership of nearly 100 partners for aligned strategies to boost improved early educational attainment, with a bold goal that 77% of our region’s children will be prepared for kindergarten by 2020. W-A-T-C-H Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith with Jefferson County Public Schools talk about the importance of this powerful partnership and impact it makes in our community!

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