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Business leaders play a pivotal role in improving the kindergarten readiness of Maryland’s young children. Here’s what business leaders can do:

Stay Informed

Tell Others

  • 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.

Get Involved

  • 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.

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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