Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY PRE-KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN
Kalamazoo County Ready 4s (KC Ready 4s) is a community-designed organization focused on: providing coaching and mentoring to assist local pre-kindergarten providers in achieving and sustaining high-quality standards under Michigan’s Great Start to Quality system; offering tuition assistance to qualifying families so they can afford to enroll their child in a high-quality pre-kindergarten program; and building a sustainable network of public and private pre kindergarten programs. KC Ready 4s’ goal is to ensure that every four-year-old, without exception, has the opportunity to experience a high-quality pre-kindergarten program.
In addition, KC Ready 4s partners with WMU’s Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology and Department of Occupational Therapy to offer speech, hearing, and language screenings, and gross and fine motor development screenings. To engage and empower families, KC Ready 4s offers workshops to strengthen the connection between what happens in the classroom and the home, and also works with school districts to assist children and families with the transition between pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.