Who are we?The founding partners of the BE READY school readiness campaign are: Base Camp Colorado State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Estes Park School District Poudre School District Teaching Tree Thompson School District Thompson Valley Preschool United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) Additional partners have joined since the initial campaign was rolled out in August 2012.
Why School Readiness?BE READY is important because we know that the basis for success starts at birth. The first five years of life are critical. 90% of our brain’s growth occurs by age five. Physical and mental health are key factors in that brain development. Research demonstrates that parents are the most important factor in ensuring young children get the stimulation and support they need to succeed. Children who enter school ready to learn are more apt to graduate from high school, have higher incomes as adults, and lower crime rates. A national report, Ready, Willing, and Unable To Serve, found that 75% of young people ages 17 to 24 are currently unable to enlist in the United States military. According to Pentagon statistics, three of the most common reasons are failure to graduate high school, a criminal record, and physical fitness issues, including obesity. The retired senior military leaders who wrote this report stated that the most proven investment to change that curve is high-quality early education. Helping kids BE READY helps kids stay away from crime and succeed in life.
What will we achieve?All children in Larimer County will be ready to succeed when they enter school because we will:
- increase our community’s understanding that school readiness starts at birth
- provide consistent and reliable information to help parents of young children
- engage the broader community in this effort