READY! for Kindergarten is an interactive workshop for parents and caregivers of children birth through five years old originally developed and piloted in Kennewick, Washington. Because of its success in helping parents support their children's emerging language and literacy skills and healthy development, the Reading Success by Fourth Grade Initiative brought the program to Springfield where it is administered by Home City Families.
Ready! for Kindergarten offers parents of children ages 5 and under free 90-minute workshops, three times a year focused on young children's language and literacy, math and reasoning, and social-emotional skills. Parents take home materials, ideas, activities and tools (age-appropriate toys, books and puzzles) to enjoy every day with their children. Classes are taught by public school teachers and early childhood professionals from community-based organizations.