Ready for School, Ready for Life gathers community leaders to champion early childhood development

Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) will bring together community leaders, visionaries, and influencers for its Ready for Success annual gathering on October 25, 2023, at Koury Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

This annual breakfast event is not just a gathering; it’s a celebration of collaboration, innovation, and community strength. Guilford County’s brightest minds will converge to embark on a shared journey, focusing on empowering families and nurturing the future of the youngest generation. We invite our community partners and Guilford County leaders to register here.

Event Highlights:

  • Groundbreaking Initiatives: Attendees will delve into pioneering prenatal-age three initiatives driving transformative change at a population level.
  • Early Childhood Development: The event will emphasize the critical importance of early childhood development, ensuring every family has equitable access to the resources needed for success.
  • Keynote Speaker: Ron Ferguson: Distinguished guest speaker Ron Ferguson, Founder and President of The Basics, will share research and insights from the Basics Insights texting service.

The backbone organization, Ready Ready, unites over 100 community partners with vision, strategy, support, and coordination to nurture healthy child development, kindergarten readiness, and third-grade school success.

Early childhood development is not just important; it’s paramount. The experiences and opportunities children have in their early years shape the trajectory of their entire lives. By investing in early childhood development, we are investing in a brighter, more equitable future for our community.

Thanks to sponsorship from The Cemala Foundation, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Truist, and UNC-Greensboro, community partners may attend the event at no cost. Ready Ready is grateful for this support of our event.

Katina Allen elected to national steering committee

Ready Ready is excited to announce that Katina Allen, a dedicated member of Ready Ready’s Board of Directors and the Guilford Parent Leader Network (GPLN) has been elected to serve on the national Parent Leader Network steering committee. This marks a significant achievement as Katina will represent Guilford County on the national stage alongside 25 leaders from the Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC), including the GPLN.Ready Ready CEO Charrise Hart expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “We are delighted to have Katina Allen representing Guilford County nationally. Her commitment to our mission is truly inspiring.”

In her own words, Katina shared her eagerness, saying, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to listen and learn from people on a national scale. I’m ready to work and learn as much as I can, bringing it back to  share with my GPLN family.”

National steering committee members are elected to represent parents in their communities for one year. They serve as the decision-making body of the Parent Leader Network, leading strategies and advocating for the Parent Manifesto locally and nationally.