Organization Name: ParentPowered / Ready4K

Focus Area: Littlest Learners
Region: United States
Sector: For Profit
Investment Year: 2017
Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text message. Each week, parents and caregivers receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines. The Ready4K dashboard, teacher newsletters, family engagement surveys, and end-of-year impact reports complement the core Ready4K curriculum, enabling educational organizations to connect the home to school, link families to vital resources in the community, and measure their impact. Their tools include the Ready4K-Summer and Ready4K-Elementary curricula and support the whole child from birth through 4th grade in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Why We Invested

Interactions between child and parent in the first few years of life are critical for a child’s brain, language, and social-emotional development. Many parents need guidance on ways to foster this development and for many, parenting programs aren’t accessible due to costs or lack of time. ParentPowered is leveraging mobile technology to bring early education support to parents who need it. Ready4K is an evidence-based platform that sends text messages three times per week to parents of young children with digestible information on child development, as well as suggestions for activities that parents can do to improve their child’s early learning. Ready4K has been proven to make a meaningful difference on parental engagement and children's early litteracy skills.

We’ve designed Ready4K to reach virtually all parents where they are with essential information about best child development practices and local parenting resources, ensuring that all children have high-quality early experiences at home and school.
Ben York, CEO and Founder, ParentPowered