United Way of the Coastal Bend’s Success By 6 Early Childhood Initiative brings Ready4K to Nueces County. Ready4K is a text message-based program that sends three texts a week to those who sign up: one fun fact, one easy educational activity and ways to continue the lesson during the everyday routine of the family. Each week focuses on a different topic that promotes social, emotional and educational development.
“Parents want to help their children learn and be successful in school,” said Sherry Peterson, Success By 6 Director at United Way of the Coastal Bend. “The hard part is coming up with ideas for lessons at home. Ready4K is a great tool because it removes the guesswork. Everything you need is sent right to your phone.”
Ready4K’s content is geared toward children ages 0-5, helping parents prepare them for a successful start in kindergarten. Sign up by texting “SB6kids” to 70138, then choose your preferred language, enter your zip code and select the child’s age. Ready4K supports one child per phone number, so parents of multiple children under the age of six are encouraged to sign up using the older child’s age. It is free to sign up, though data rates may apply.
Learn more about Success By 6 and everything this initiative does to improve the quality of early childhood education and to support parents.