READY School Initiative
(Realizing the Education and Development of our Young)
An Early Learning and Family Engagement Initiative
The READY School Initiative is a free, half-day, socialization, play and learn early learning program serving low- income children, ages 3-5, and their families in specialized, on-site satellite classroom space, such as a local apartment complex. Transportation is a critical need for families, and having the READY School program in local space allows children access to participate in a quality early learning
The READY School goal is to identify children not enrolled in an early learning program to ensure that children are healthy, safe, and prepared for success when they enter Pre-Kindergarten. Children will learn self-help and socialization skills in literacy-rich environments, and
During the prior school year, the READY School programs served 120 children and their families. Families participated in workshops on topics such as prevention of child abuse and developing leadership skills. Families celebrated holidays, went on field trips to the Children’s Museum, and attended literacy events in the community. As well, families attended sessions
The READY Schools are a warm and welcoming place; it may be the first time children are away from their families and have interactions with other adults and children, some of whom speak their language and some may not. The READY School is a place where families can learn about child development, the importance of language and literacy, meet other families, and learn about community resources, such as English as a second language, health awareness, financial literacy, and other activities at local Libraries or Community Centers. The teachers help the families become more engaged in their child’s early learning and educational path, as well as to help them understand the importance of education, reading, and talking to their children in their home language.
The Clarkston and Norcross READY Schools are funded in part by United Way of Greater Atlanta and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. CDF Action, a not for profit organization, which serves as the fiscal agent, provides technical assistance and prepares required funding and outcome reports. CDF engages residents and partners to craft innovative culturally sound, community-driven education initiatives, building on community assets. Early Learning Property Management (ELPM) supports the READY School approach by identifying resources and promoting the initiative. R James Properties provides free or
READY School Success Story
Paul’s mother learned about the READY School, located in the apartment complex where she lives, from a friend. She knocked on the door of the READY School and was met by a teacher who spoke her language. The teacher helped her
Paul learned his
Easter Seals Sylvan Hills
Child Development Center addresses Autism
For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has helped children with special needs. These days, the agency has become the largest provider of services for children with autism.
At the Easter Seals Sylvan Hills Child Development Center, in a class of mostly 3-and-4 year olds, four children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or ASD. At first glance, they’re hard to spot and that’s the point. This is an inclusive childcare class.
“We want to ensure that we had a way to include the children on the spectrum,” explained Donna Davidson, President/CEO of Easter Seals North Georgia. “The children get into their own world. They feel more comfortable in their own world and it’s our opportunity to bring them out of their world with the different strategies.”