Business leaders play a pivotal role in improving the kindergarten readiness of Maryland’s young children. Here’s what business leaders can do:
- Learn about the status of Maryland's kindergarten readiness. View Readiness Matters, Equity Matters, Equity Matters.
- Get the Ready At Five quarterly e-newsletters and monthly ParentTips.
- Attend a Ready At Five School Readiness Symposium.
- Distribute Ready At Five’s free resources and information to employees, colleagues, and customers about the importance of the early years and the benefits of high quality early childhood education.
- Use traditional and social media outlets to spread the word and show your support for Maryland’s youngest children.
- Host a Ready At Five business breakfast to share information with your colleagues, friends, and peers from civic groups.
- Adopt family-friendly business policies that support employees with young children and help them become more involved and engaged with their child’s education.
- Provide time for your employees to volunteer with local early childhood programs, Judy Centers, and public schools, lending their expertise, talent and energy. Recognize and reward employees who volunteer.
- Make early care and education a key part of your company’s and foundation’s philanthropy and corporate social responsibility efforts, as well as personal giving.
- Donate to Ready At Five
Influence Decision Makers
- Advocate for prekindergarten (PreK) expansion.
- Support the Kindergarten Readiness Assesment and the need to assess all kindergarteners.
- Connect with Local Education Agencies (school systems) and Early Childhood Advisory Councils.
- Support innovative early childhood investment strategies.