Ready for School, Ready for Life is a collaborative effort to build a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County’s youngest children and their families. We work with the news media and digital partners to raise awareness and share our work.

Media contact

Stephanie Skordas
Director of Marketing & Communications
336.579.2977 x 2015

News and Information

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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.

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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 […]

Ready Ready Monthly Newsletter

We’ll keep you up to date on our mission, provide news you can use, and resources for families with children in our community.

CEO Priorities Update

CEO Charrise Hart shares outcomes from our system-building work each month.

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Congratulations to our recent Guilford Parent Leader Network members who've successfully completed leadership training. See the story in the Greensboro News and Record

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Learning more about contributions made by different groups of people helps our society foster mutual respect and admiration for each other. September 15 - October 15 has been celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month since 1988, after 20 years as a weeklong celebration. It educates,...

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Spreading the news about Guilford Basics!

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The second of three virtual workshops with Guilford Parent Academy featuring Guilford Basics begins Wednesday evening September 15. There is still time to register at the link below!

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We’re so happy to be working with Greensboro Parks and Recreation on this harmonious series!

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Ready for School, Ready for Life

It's time that we have a 21st-century care infrastructure that meets the needs of all families, not just a few. #BuildBackBetter.

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We are joining @PaidLeaveForAll and more than 100 organizations for the Paid Leave National Day of Action. You can too. This is the year we pass #PaidLeaveForAll. 4school4life photo

We're ready to celebrate #HispanicHeritageMonth! Our newsletter has some Triad activities and other ways you can celebrate with your youngest children. #ReadyReady 4school4life photo

The second of three virtual workshops with Guilford Parent Academy featuring Guilford Basics begins Wednesday evening September 15. There is still time to register!

Psst! Do you want to know the secret to baby brain development? It’s you! In this PSA from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Anita Chandra offers tips for parents to help their baby’s brain development by talking, reading and singing.
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