In Larimer County, 24 percent of our fourth graders are not reading at grade level and 17 percent of our students don’t graduate high school on time.


BE READY is important because we know that the basis for success starts at birth.  The first five years of life are critical.  Until age three, a child’s brain is developing 700 synapses per second, and this rate declines rapidly starting at age five.   These synapses form the neural pathways that are the basis for future learning. 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.

Why School Readiness? 

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.