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We Are

to address structural inequities in Guilford County

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Ready Ready has a family-focused approach to early childhood development.

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Building a connected system of care for our families.

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Get Ready

Helping families get the resources and support they need for their youngest children.


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N.C. invests in early childhood development

The newly-signed North Carolina budget includes $1.2 million in funding for Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) and its mission to build a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County’s youngest children and their families.

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Partner Spotlight: Housing Authority of the City of High Point

The mission of the Housing Authority of the City of High Point (HPHA) is to provide affordable housing to low-income to moderate-income families. What you may not know is that the organization also offers housing counseling services to the public. These services include financial budgeting, preparing for a home purchase, and financial literacy.

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New resource for High Point families with young children

Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) has partnered with the Housing Authority of the City of High Point (HPHA) to provide early childhood development resources to its residents.

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Partner Spotlight: Every Baby Guilford

Every Baby Guilford is a 30-year public-private partnership with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services. As part of its 30th anniversary, the organization – formerly the Coalition on Infant Mortality – launched with a new name and a five-year strategic plan.

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We are ready to address systemic inequities in Guilford County

Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) has outlined our equity statement. The creation of this statement was the work of our Equity Strategies Committee of the Board of Directors. They sought the input of many stakeholders, including our parent leaders, staff, equity consultants, and the Board

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Ready Ready partners with Guilford Parent Academy for three-part series on early education

To help families prepare their preschoolers for school and for life, Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) and Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) have teamed up for three virtual literacy workshops.

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11 Parent Leaders graduate from COFI Phase 2 training

Eleven parent leaders from the Guilford Parent Leader Network have graduated from Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) Phase 2 training.

Partner Spotlight: Greater High Point Food Alliance

The Greater High Point Food Alliance (GHPFA) is a grassroots organization formed to address food insecurity. When it started in 2014, the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was number two in the nation in food hardship. The following year, it moved to number one. Since that time, it has moved to number 14, according […]

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Partner Spotlight: Reach Out and Read

Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) partners with Reach Out and Read, HealthySteps, Family Connects, and Nurse-Family Partnership through our Navigation system. Navigation ensures every pregnant person and their family has information and support as their family grows.

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Partner Spotlight: Center for the Study of Social Policy

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. Through community partners like Ready for School, Ready for Life ….

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The Basics Enhance Tot Spot at Greensboro Children’s Museum

The new Tot Spot features The Basics Guilford, five fun, science-based parenting and caregiving concepts that anyone can do. Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) is pleased to present The Basics.

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Community Survey launched

Working with our partners at UNC-Greensboro, Ready Ready is developing a community survey to gather information on how best to prepare children for school.

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Read our 2020 Impact Report

We are pleased to share our organization’s first annual report.


Parent leadership training

Seven parent leaders in the Guilford Parent Leader Network have attended the Spiral of Transformative Change Equity Webinar Series. This education series is similar to the training Ready Ready staff and board members received through the Equity Strategies Committee.

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Worthy Wages for Worthy Work

See what these early child care teachers and administrators are experiencing daily. We collaborated with EQuIPD to create this video focused on Guilford County’s early child care teachers.

Partner Spotlight: EQuIPD

When the organization that became Ready for School, Ready for Life was a grassroots effort in Guilford County, we were glad to have partners like EQuIPD by our side, even as EQuIPD was starting its important work. EQuIPD’s mission is to nurture and empower early care and education professionals with sustainability and success tools. “We’re […]

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Partner Spotlight: BackPack Beginnings

By Stephanie Skordas, Director of Marketing & Communications A news story shown on Washington D.C. television about a teacher in Texas who was slipping food into children’s backpacks stuck with Parker White as she moved back to Greensboro and started raising her family. “I couldn’t get it out of my head,” White, the executive director […]

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Coaching for Literacy awards grant

Teaming with the North Carolina A&T State University men’s and women’s basketball teams, Coaching for Literacy has awarded Ready Ready a grant as part of its #Fight4Literacy initiative.

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The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality featured contributions from Ready Ready and Program Manager Michelle Chapin in its new brief, “Embedding Equity in Early Childhood Initiatives.” 

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Partner Spotlight: North Carolina Early Education Coalition

The North Carolina Early Education Coalition (NCEEC) works to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early care and learning experiences. Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) has partnered with the Coalition on the Think Babies NC Alliance.

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Partner Spotlight: Project LLIFE

Project LLIFE aims to increase skills and performance in language and literacy for children between the ages of 1-4.

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Partner Spotlight: Guilford Child Development

Guilford Child Development was one of Ready Ready’s first partners, heavily involved in the 100-day challenges that helped coalesce the community effort into the growing nonprofit organization we are today.

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Guilford Parent Leader Network

The Guilford Parent Leader Network was established as a decision-making body of Ready for School, Ready for Life. The goal of the group is to ensure that family voice is brought into every key decision as we work together to build an innovative, connected early childhood system in Guilford County.

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November: CEO Message

Dear Ready Ready Friend, Governor Roy Cooper has designated November as Family Engagement Month in North Carolina. It couldn’t come at a better time. While November traditionally brings a focus on family and gratitude, this year may include some extra stress. An important presidential election in a country deeply divided by politics happened this week. […]

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Partner Spotlight: Healthy Steps

Partner Spotlight: Healthy Steps Science shows that 80% of brain development occurs by age three, making the first few years of a child’s life critical to their health and future well-being. But often times, these years are overwhelming for parents and caregivers as they face challenges integrating a new child into their lives. These challenges […]

Keep Your Child’s Development on Pace During the Pandemic

KEEP YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT ON PACE DURING THE PANDEMIC Benefits of Reading with Your Child         While they use different terms, Guilford Basics (Read and Discuss Stories) and Read Charlotte (Active Reading), both offer great tips for engaging your child while reading. Below are a few suggestions from them: Commit to Read Every Day Try to set aside […]

Our Priorities

The Basics

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The Basics Guilford are five, fun, science-based concepts any parent or caregiver can do to promote healthy development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The Basics Guilford are Maximize Love, Manage Stress; Talk, Sing and Point; Count, Group and Compare; Explore Through Movement and Play; and Read and Discuss Stories

Our Funders

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Logo for The Duke Endowment.
The Cemala Foundation logo.
The Joseph M Bryan Foundation logo.
Logo for The Leon Levine Foundation.
Pritzker Children's Initiative logo.
Ellison Foundation logo.
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The Weaver Foundation logo.
Cone Health logo.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation logo.
Lincoln Financial Foundation logo.
Hillsdale Fund logo.
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point logo.
BB&T Now Truist Logo.
Duke Energy logo.
Logo for Mackey and Susan McDonald.
logo for the Hayden-Harman Foundation, a funder of Ready for School Ready for Life
Cone Health Foundation logo.
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro logo.
Guilford County Partnership for Children logo.
Logo for The Stanley and Dorothy Frank Foundation.
Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation logo.
Bobby Labonte Foundation logo.
National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers logo.
Center for the Study of Social Policy logo.