Get Ready for Year Two of Ready4K GA
Get ready for the start of another school year with a valuable resource for parents—one that has recently expanded to support even more children in Georgia.
Thousands of parents across the state signed up last year to receive text message reminders, in both English and Spanish, to help prepare their 4- and 5-year-olds for success in kindergarten.
This evidence-based program will again be available starting on Monday, Sept. 26, for families of pre-K and kindergarten students. This year, the partners are also adding text messages tailored to support parents of 3-year-olds, providing tips, facts, resources, and regular reminders of how they can excel in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
Once a family enrolls, they receive three short text messages each week: one highlighting an important literacy skill like rhyming or letter recognition, a second with an easy activity that parents can do with their children to develop that skill, and a third with suggestions about how to continue nurturing growth in that area.
Recent studies have found that this type of “nudging” text messages are effective in increasing parental engagement in home literacy activities and with children’s schools, resulting in measurable progress by children whose parents are enrolled.
A recent New York Times article also explored the potential of literacy-focused messages to reduce education disparities between children from low- and higher-income households.
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