Ready At Five Seeks Executive Director

Dear Early Childhood Colleague,

It has been my pleasure and good fortune to have worked with you over the past 15 years on behalf of Maryland's youngest children, their families and the early childhood workforce.  We have accomplished a great deal fueled by our collective passion for better outcomes for our youngest learners and our commitment to building a strong, integrated early childhood system in Maryland.

With the initiation of Ready At Five's new 3-year Strategic Plan, the completion of our leadership role in Maryland's Race To The Top Early Childhood Challenge Grant, and our affiliation and alignment with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, I feel the timing is right to retire.

I have a great sense of pride in the outstanding progress we've made in early childhood as a state, in our jurisdictions and in our communities, programs and organizations. We have much to be proud of.  I am particularly pleased with Ready At Five’s role in transforming the annual kindergarten assessment data into information that is useful and capable of strategically driving decisions, policy and funding decisions.  The VIOLETS language improvement program has been implemented throughout Maryland, is supporting young English Learner (EL) children and their families, and is narrowing the achievement gap for children exposed to the program.  The thirty School Readiness Symposia we have offered to so many practitioners across Maryland have been a high-quality, research-based platform leading to improvements in the knowledge of staff and early childhood environments.  And, it is the creation of the warm relationships and partnerships with each of you that have been a highlight of my work on behalf of school readiness.

Ready At Five is a strong and stable organization, with a small but committed staff and a long history of developing and implementing research-based curricula, and high-quality products; offering cutting-edge professional development, and engaging families and communities in understanding the importance of early learning.  I know all of this has had a role in making Maryland's early childhood system stronger.

As the search begins to find a top-notch Executive Director for Ready At Five, I expect to remain until my successor is hired and there has been a smooth transition.

Thank you for your leadership, friendship and collaborative spirit.  I will be leaving Ready At Five knowing that we have made a difference for our young children and families because the Early Years Matter and School Readiness Matters!

Thank YOU.

Warm Regards,


Please click here  for the job description for Ready At Five's Executive Director.

Ready At Five Celebrates the Month of the Young Child!

Ready At Five is happy to celebrate April as the Month of the Young Child! Pictured is Ready At Five's Executive Director Louise Corwin with teachers, students and families from the VIOLETS Play Group at the Judy Center at Hilltop Elementary School in Anne Arundel County.

Every child received a gift bag of books for their home library as well as the Read with Me, Talk with Me calendar from Brookes Publishing Co.

Celebrate The Week Of The Young Child With This Fun Activity For Friend Friday!

It's Friend Friday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Help your young child learn how to be a good friend and share a picture on our Facebook page - also make sure to Like our page for a chance to win a free School Readiness Symposium registration!

Show your child the book "Margaret and Margarita" by Lynn Reiser. Tell him that the book is called Margaret and Margarita.
Ask: “What do you think the book is about?” Tell him that the book is about two friends. Explain that even though Margaret and Margarita are different in the language they speak or the clothes they wear, they like many of the same things: playing, talking, and going to the park.
Read the story to your child in the language you feel most comfortable with. It is ok to read in Spanish. If your child hears a lot of Spanish words at home, it will be easier for her to learn English at school.
Stop often and talk with your child about the story. If the book is too long, don’t feel that you need to read the entire book.
Talk with your child about her friends. Ask, “Who are your friends? What do you like to do with your friends?”
Ask: “How do you treat your friends?” Explain that it is important that we listen to, talk with, share, play with and be nice to our friends. Help your child make friends. Invite a young child to your house or to meet you at the playground for a play-date. When your child plays with family or friends, praise him when he is kind, caring, and listens to his friends.

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with these Fun Activities for Thrive Thursday!

It's Thrive Thursday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Try these healthy activities with your young child and share a picture on our Facebook page!

See that your baby has plenty of active playtime when he can kick, reach for things and push himself up. Support him as he learns to sit up, crawl and pull up to stand. Help him play with rattles, busy gyms, blocks and other infant toys he can grasp, bang and shake.
Roll, throw and kick a ball with your child. Play hide-and-seek, tag or jump rope with your child, which will help your child develop large muscle coordination.
Get moving together as a family: Go for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV.
Practice galloping, hopping and jumping together outside, show that being active is fun.
Make feeding times enjoyable for you and your baby. Don’t worry if things get messy as you introduce new foods.
Introduce healthy snacks, such as cut-up fruits and vegetables. 
Make a game out of reading food labels and learning which foods are healthy.

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