Ready to Learn DC
Launched in 2010, the goal of Ready to Learn DC is to give all DC kids a fighting chance at success in school and in life.
While the City has made great strides in recent years in increasing access to early childhood education, the quality of some programs remains mixed. Fight For Children believes that if children receive a high- quality early childhood education, they will be ready and successful in school. Thus, the significant public and private resources now being spent “catching children up” can be redeployed to make public education in DC a model for the nation.
Ready to Learn DC is built upon three pillars: schools, teachers, and parents.
Pillar 1: Work with the City to hold schools and other programs accountable for making sure children are ready for kindergarten
- Ensure that everyone—parents, schools, and city leaders—understand what “readiness” means
- Set standards that all schools and programs must follow
- Support schools and programs so they can meet quality standards
- Track the progress and assess readiness of all DC children
- Direct public money to the programs that really work
Fight For Children is actively supporting the efforts of the DC State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council to hold schools and other programs accountable throughout the City.
Pillar 2: Ensure that all schools and programs in high need neighborhoods have great early childhood education teachers, supportive school leaders, and the right tools to be successful
- Create a steady supply of excellent teachers for public schools and community-based organizations
- Ensure that school leaders understand the needs of early childhood students and provide a supportive environment for teachers
- Share best practices across all programs— public, charter, and community-based— to encourage excellence in the classroom
Fight For Children is collaborating with AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation to disseminate their highly-effective Every Child Ready program to other schools in Washington. Fight For Children is also leading the Early Learning Network in the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative in the Kenilworth Parkside area of Ward 7. The “Joe’s Champs” teacher and principal training program will ensure a steady pipeline of high- quality early childhood teachers for the City’s highest need neighborhoods.
Pillar 3: Give parents useful information so they can make good choices on where to send their children to preschool and be actively involved in their children’s education
- Give parents accurate information about which schools are doing a good job preparing children for kindergarten
- Assist parents in understanding and using school quality data to make informed choices
- Give parents the information and guidance they need to be involved participants in their children’s education
- Fight For Children produced and distributed thousands of Ready to Learn DC: A Guide for Parents to Choosing a Great Preschool DVDs to DC residents.
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To learn more about Ready to Learn DC visit www.readytolearndc.org.