Introducing Our New Parent Leadership Learning Parties!

Ready At Five is pleased to introduce a new Parent Leadership Learning Party

The Parent Leadership Learning Party, developed in collaboration with experts at EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), provides parents and families with important leadership and advocacy skills to promote civic engagement in the familiar and comfortable Learning Party format. The Parent Leadership Learning Party is designed to support parents/family members as they take an active role in their child’s education and in schools, early learning programs, and local communities. Parent Leadership Learning Parties support growth and development in four areas:

  • Trust and Conflict
  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Idea Implementation

 We have opportunities to implement these statewide - please contact Robin Hopkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Ready At Five Celebrates 25 Years of Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Education with a Campaign for Kids!

"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. 
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Looking Forward to 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Years ago, an administrator stopped by my kindergarten classroom while on a site visit.  He quickly scanned the room and my students -- a room bubbling with robust activity and children fully engaged in learning -- hesitant to enter, remarking aloud, “Oh, so this is the daycare.”

Clearly, he didn’t ‘get it.’

The end of the year is a good time to celebrate how far we’ve come, and how our understanding of brain development and early learning has evolved over the last few years.  That being said, there is work to be done. Last week, it was announced at the Maryland State Board of Education that the 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment shows only 45% of our children enter kindergarten demonstrating the readiness skills needed for success. While that is a 2% increase from last year, I take that data as an urgent call to action.

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Keeping our Promises to Children

I grew up in the Central Valley of California, the eldest of eight children.  My family benefitted from public assistance in a variety of ways.  There were times when the electricity was shut off or there was little food in the house.  I have vivid memories of pots and pans blackened from cooking in the living room fireplace when the gas hadn’t been paid.  I remember the large plastic bag of frozen burritos delivered to the house by a local charity organization when our supply of government cheese, beans and rice had run out.  Without the financial support from my grandparents, tax benefits that help the poor, and "food stamps" (the precursor to SNAP), or other relief assistance – programs that many families rely on, today – we would not have survived.  It is likely, too, that without government assistance, I would not have gone to college.  But, today, all of that is under attack. Congress continues its relentless assault on children by attempting to destroy the health coverage on which most poor and low-income kids depend. Last week, a tax plan was unveiled a tax plan that would further erode what actually makes our country great:  the assurance that every child, regardless of the zip code in which she was born, has the opportunity for a promising future.

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About Ready at Five

Mission

Ready At Five is committed to comprehensive school readiness for all Maryland children.

Vision

Every child in Maryland has the foundational skills needed for success in school, career and life.

What’s New

2018-19 KINDERGARTEN READINESS DATA 

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