Message from our Executive Director

Steven Hicks headshot 10.2017

We are at a critical juncture for early learning.  In this world of changing technologies and global interaction, we must think differently about how we prepare our children for success in school and in life.  All young children need opportunities to be immersed in high-quality early learning environments that develop their skills across multiple domains:  language and literacy, social and emotional, cognitive approaches to learning and health and well-being.

Ready At Five, along with its partners, are working urgently to ensure that all Maryland's children have their chance at the best future possible.  It's a matter of equity.  To meet this goal, we must all be ready:  ready and engaged families, ready and committed communities, and ready early childhood programs and schools with well trained and well compensated educators.  Working together, we can ensure that all our children - especially children with disabilities, dual language learners, those who are from low-income families - are ready to succeed in school and in life. 

In the coming year, we will be faced with seemingly daunting challenges, but also extraordinary opportunities.  Ready At Five's rich resources can help parents, educators, advocates, policy makers, and members of the community help fulfil the promise of early learning.  

We invite you to join us as we work to build a better future for all Maryland's children and families.


Steven R. Hicks
Executive Director
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About Ready at Five

Ready At Five is a dynamic, statewide program of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education that elevates the discussion, practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland, so that all children will be ready for school. We believe that all children should have the foundational skills needed for success in school, career and life.


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"My Pre-K class just finished the VIOLETS curriculum and we all gained so much from it - the ability to spend a significant amount of time on one story really helps the children become engaged and invested in the story - they understand the meaning of the vocabulary words and also what context to use them in.  I'm looking forward to continuing with the VIOLETS curriculum next year."

- Johann Kaltenbacher, Pre-K Teacher, Catholic Charities

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