Ready for School, Ready for Life seeks partners for Phase II work

For immediate release
Media contact: Stephanie Skordas, Director of Marketing & Communications or 336.579.2977 ext. 2015

(March 17, 2022 — GREENSBORO, N.C.) Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready), is seeking responses from local partners to lead the initial implementation of community-wide strategies designed to improve outcomes for children ages three to five in Guilford County.

A Design Team of diverse community stakeholders from across Guilford County worked for six months to develop 10 strategies designed to improve services for these children and their families. Three strategies will be piloted in Guilford County this year:

  • To increase alignment between early care and education programs and the school system, implement coordination activities, including offering joint professional development between child care center staff and kindergarten teachers and offering transition supports to families (e.g., coaching, virtual school tours, etc.).
  • To improve children’s early literacy skills, implement a county-wide active reading effort. We anticipate selecting evidence-based interventions to implement across settings (public libraries, home-based care, child care centers, etc.) that will encourage adults to read frequently with children, focusing on families reading with children more at home.
  • To improve adults’ and children’s social-emotional development, implement and expand evidence-based interventions targeting children ages 3-5. We anticipate training adults serving children in various settings, like educational and medical settings, so that they are better equipped to build children’s skills and competencies.

Ready Ready anticipates partners will respond to lead implementation of one of the three strategies.

Interested organizations may view the RFP Webinar which provides an overview of Ready Ready’s current and proposed work. Learn more about the three strategies selected for initial implementation by viewing a strategy-specific webinar linked below.

RFP Webinar: Early Care & Education/Kindergarten Transition & Alignment

RFP Webinar: Active Reading

RFP Webinar: Social-Emotional Development

You may view all RFP-related documents, including a Q&A, by visiting this link.

The intent to apply form can be found here and is due by the end of the day on Monday, March 28, 2022 with the full response due by Thursday, April 14, 2022.