“When I first got pregnant, I was alone. I was completely alone. I didn’t have anybody to turn to. My family’s in New York, so I didn’t know what to do at the time. Through all that, ReadyKids was with me and helped me through that transition. And that helped him and helped us get on the same page tobe the little family that we are today. So, really, everything has gone a whole 360 in nine months, which is kind of crazy thinking back at it now.”

“Through everything, ReadyKids was with me!”

– Audrey, Healthy Families Participant.

Did you know that the CDC estimates up to 20% of new moms suffer from postpartum depression?
Our Healthy Families program works closely with expecting and new moms to bring them the support they need in those early years.

We love nothing more than visiting chubby babies like little Charlotte. In fact, it’s what we do! Healthy Families is all about helping pregnant moms and parents of young kids develop healthy family relationships and a safe, enriching home environment. Our Family Support Workers are there to accompany moms like Audrey from before their babies are born, until their little ones head off to Kindergarten.

When Audrey learned she was pregnant, she wasn’t sure she could provide the stable environment her baby would need. Today, at over a year old, her baby is healthy and happy with a strong, stable environment. She’s developmentally right on target (not to mention adorable!)

We work with moms as they transition to motherhood, help them over hurdles, and accompany them through some of life’s most important milestones.

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Wishy Washy Kid 2015Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to Cville Coffee at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 25th for stories, songs, and fun activities! As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, our Play Partners team will be presenting We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, retold by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. The event is free, so sit back and enjoy a cuppa and watch your kids have fun while learning!

Click here for more info on the Festival of the Book.

 

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Preschool Graduation!

Good luck to our preschoolers who headed to Kindergarten last week!

Have you heard about the Early Education Task Force, spearheaded by the United Way-TJA? ReadyKids is pleased to be a part of this endeavor, working closely with local preschools, families, and the Task Force to get our community’s kids Ready for School. Check out these links for more information on how this group is making a difference:

United Way-TJA 

Local schools and early childhood services partner – CvilleTomorrow.org

State grant boosts public private preschool effort – CvilleTomorrow.org

Move from waiting lists to preschool classrooms – CvilleTomorrow.org

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90.3% (1)You know the expression, No man is an island? Well, at ReadyKids, No kid is an island. Because, behind every single kid we work with, there is an actively engaged network of people—a community. Our community, and yours.

Our staff works hard, but we don’t do it alone. We’ve got a team of partners, supporters, volunteers, donors, and so many more who come together to improve the lives of our kids. We have longstanding partnerships with some amazing area nonprofits, local government, law enforcement, day care centers, schools, families and individuals.

For example, did you know that Habitat for Humanity provides us with space and support so we can bring pre-school like learning opportunities and family support to one Albemarle County neighborhood? That same ReadyKids program—ReadySteps—partners with the City of Promise, the Women’s Initiative and PB & J Fund to bring families resources, skills and experiences they would not otherwise receive.

Our Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) program helps form the backbone of an alliance which fights to prevent child abuse and neglect in Central Virginia. The alliance includes several Departments of Social Services, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), Court Appointed Child Advocates (CASA), the Foothills Child Advocacy Center (FCAC), Victim Witness Services and the Shelter for Help in Emergency and law enforcement, amongst others.

Our Healthy Families program works hand-in-hand with CHiP and REAL Dads works with inmates inside the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Jail. Early learning programs, like STAR Kids team up with Head Start and, with the help of dozens of volunteers, the Play Partners program brings early literacy activities to area kids. These volunteers, child care centers and home-based day cares are all part of our family.

Our Teen Counselors couldn’t do their jobs without the help of area schools and hundreds of local child care providers invite the ReadyKids Child Care Quality team into their homes and classrooms in order to create the best possible experiences for our little ones. There are so many more partners (we’ve probably forgotten some), including Charlottesville Radio Group and Charlottesville Family, whose time and efforts have helped us get the word out, the United Way, which provides funding and volunteers every single year, not to mention long-term partners like UVa, Book Baskets, Kiwanis and the Paramount.

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Today, we want to show you that no nonprofit is an island. No kid is alone. Today, we give you, not ReadyKids, but a

community—a family—without whom none of this would be possible. To you—our partners, supporters, families and kids —we say thank you.

 

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