Ready for Success

Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) invites you to join us for
the Ready for Success breakfast event

This event brings together Guilford County’s influential leaders as we continue our collective journey to empower families and nurture our community’s youngest generation.
Can we pencil you in to join us?

Be at the forefront of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at achieving population-level change, as we rally behind Guilford County’s cradle-to-career continuum. Ready Ready collaborates seamlessly with over 100 community organizations, providing vision, strategy, direct support, and coordination to ensure that every Guilford County family and their youngest children have the essential resources needed for success and learning.

Special guest keynote: Ron Ferguson, Founder and President, The Basics

Ron Ferguson launched The Basics movement seven years ago, while the Faculty Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.  Across 40 years at Harvard Kennedy School, his teaching, research, and social entrepreneurship have always focused on human and economic development, culminating with his current focus on early-childhood parenting and caregiving, as foundations for all that follows. Today, the Basics Learning Network has affiliated coalitions in nearly 100 communities in the US, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, and Canada. 

Ron’s most recent book, co-authored with journalist Tatsha Roberston, Is “The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children,” published in February 2019. Based on the life stories of extremely successful young adults, as told by them and their parents, the book reveals eight elements of “master parenting” — covering birth to early adulthood — that appear repeatedly in the stories of families from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and income-level backgrounds. 

Ron earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in economics. He and his wife Helen have raised three boys, now in their 30s.

October 25, 2023

Breakfast begins 7:30 a.m.

Program 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Koury Convention Center, Guilford Ballroom B

Registration now open!

Hosted by Tracey McCain

Tracey McCain appeared on WFMY-TV’s Good Morning Show for nearly 17 years, signing off in 2023 to spend more time with her family. Tracey is an Emmy-award-winning journalist, recognized for her work in 2018 and 2023. A community advocate, Travey has also been awarded the Triad Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award, the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Greensboro News & Record’s Reader’s Choice Awards, as well as notable awards from the Writer’s Guild and N.C. NAACP. A North Carolina native, Tracey graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in journalism before earning her Master’s degree in electronic journalism from Quinnipiac University. A certified life coach, fitness, and wellness instructor, Tracey continues her work in the community, volunteering with several organizations. She and her husband Jaron are raising their family in Guilford County.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Cemala Foundation logo.
The Joseph M Bryan Foundation logo.
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About Ready for School, Ready for Life

As a backbone organization, Ready Ready provides vision, strategy, support, and coordination to community partners. Together, we promote healthy child development, kindergarten readiness, and success in school by third grade. We are engaged in creating not only an ecosystem for children ages 0-8 and their families but a flourishing cradle-to-career continuum.

Learn more about Ready for School, Ready for Life and our mission to build a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County’s youngest children and their families.