"High-quality early childhood experiences are the foundation for school success and life achievements. Ready At Five is a strong collaborative partner in analyzing and using the kindergarten assessment data to support families, elevate the early childhood profession, provide research-based professional learning opportunities, and advocate for children and families. Their efforts are critical to the Department's work."
Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D,
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
Dear Friends of Ready At Five,
This year, Ready At Five celebrates 25 years of improving the practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland so that all children have the foundational skills needed for success in school, career and life. Thank you for your support over the years.
Today though, we are faced with an urgent call to action. Newly released data reveals that 55% of Maryland's kindergarteners do not have the foundational skills to prepare them for a successful kindergarten year. Too many of our youngest learners lack the pre-reading, math, and social-emotional skills needed to thrive when they begin school.
When children enter kindergarten already behind, studies show that there is a high likelihood that they will never catch up. That means they are less likely to read by third grade, graduate from high school, and go onto college or a successful career. The future is dimmed for her before she walks through the kindergarten door, and it will take substantial - and often costly - interventions to make meaningful progress. But if we invest early, it changes the whole trajectory helping these kids be successful throughout their academic career and beyond. For those looking to see the greatest impact from their charitable donation, we believe investing early just makes economic sense. In fact, Nobel Laureate James Heckman found that there is 13% return on investment for comprehensive, high-quality, birth-to-five early education.
Ready At Five provides high quality professional learning for early educators and promotes effective family engagement to help families develop happy, healthy, and successful children. Every contribution helps.
* $20 provides a New Parent Gift Pack to one family.
* $75 provides a set of 10 high-quality books for a needy child care program.
* $120 provides School Readiness Activity Cards for an entire class.
* $300 sends two teachers to our School Readiness Symposium.
* $1,400 supports four Learning Parties for 20 parents and their children.
Help Ready At Five celebrate 25 years of improving the practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland by contributing to our $25,000 Campaign for Kids!
Meredith C. Callanan Steven R. Hicks
Chair, Ready At Five Executive Director
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications Ready At Five
T. Rowe Price Group
Please make your contribution to
Ready At Five
5520 Research Park Drive,
Suite 150, Baltimore, MD 21228
All contributions are tax deductible.
Federal ID number: 52-185161