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Boosting Children’s Learning with Ready4K Text Messages

Ready4K is a text message curriculum for parents of young children.

Ready4K breaks down the complexity of parenting into small steps that are easy to achieve. In addition, the program provides continuous encouragement and support to parents over an entire school year. Each week, the Ready4K program sends three text messages to parents to help them build their children’s skills by maximizing existing family routines in fun and easy ways.

For example:

FACT: The grocery store is great for building literacy skills. On the way to the store, ask your child to name all of the fruits & vegetable s/he can think of.

TIP: When you’re at the store, go on a letter hunt. Can your child find an “A” on a sign, box, or food label? What about a “B”? Can s/he go all the way to “Z”?

GROWTH: Keep using time at the grocery store to build literacy skills! Ask: What rhymes with egg (leg, peg), cheese (knees, please) & jelly (belly, deli)?   

In a series of randomized controlled trial studies, Stanford University educational researchers found that the Ready4K approach increased parental involvement at home and school, ultimately leading to two to three months of child learning gains in literacy (effects of 0.20 to 0.30 standard deviations, or roughly equivalent to the impact of reducing kindergarten classrooms by five to 10 students). In a follow-up study, these effects persisted after parents received another year of texts. The results of this research have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Education Week.

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