Check Out the Updated AAP Family Readiness Kit!

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies and disasters. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently developed and released an updated AAP Family Readiness Kit. The purpose of the kit is to assist families to get disaster-ready. Consider sharing this kit with families as a way to encourage families in planning for emergencies.  It can also be found by visiting this link:

This project was funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program under the EMSC Resource Center Cooperative Agreement number U07MC09174. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US Government. Revision of the Family Readiness Kit was coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Save the Date for Our School Readiness Symposium!

Make sure to save the date for our School Readiness Symposium "Ready, Set, STEM!"  featuring Heidi Schweingruber, PhD, Director, Board on Science Education, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on December 6, 2016 at Turf Valley Hotel in Ellicott City, MD.  Registration will be open on our website after October 5, 2016.

Help Your Child Be Healthy for School with our August ParentTip

The first day of school is a big step, both for you as a parent and for your child. But getting ready for school begins long before that day. There are many things you, as a parent, can do to make sure your child is academically ready. There are also steps you can take to be sure your child is healthy when he starts school. Healthy children are children ready to succeed.  To register or enroll your child for Kindergarten, your child must have a physical examination by a doctor or a nurse practitioner and all immunizations must be up-to-date and your child may need to be tested for lead poisoning.  Learn more from our August ParentTip on Helping Your Child Get Ready and Be Healthy for School !

Congratulations to Rolf Grafwallner

Ready At Five thanks Rolf Grafwallner for his vision, leadership and commitment to making Maryland the star in the national early childhood universe.  We are honored and privileged that we were included in the early childhood journey to improve outcomes for Maryland’s children, families and the early childhood workforce.  We congratulate Rolf on his retirement from the Maryland State Department of Education and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor!

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