EARLY CHILDHOODWithAlignment Rockford
Parents and primary caregivers are the first teachers in a child’s life. Research shows that a child’s future academic and lifelong success is greatly impacted by the experiences he or she has in the first few years of life.
THAT’S WHY WE LEAD THE READY TO LEARN INITIATIVE IN ROCKFORD, a collaboration of organizations and businesses committed to supporting and uplifting the experience of raising young children in Rockford.
OUR WORK IS BASED ON EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH.
As one of only a handful of communities in the United States to use the UCLA-led Early Development Instrument (EDI), a measurement of kindergarten readiness across five critical developmental domains, we keep a pulse on the wellbeing of our youngest residents to improve their potential for lifetime success through working to shift conditions in the environment for systemic change.
SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD
WHAT IS READY TO LEARN?
Ready to Learn is a community-wide early childhood initiative comprised of organizations, businesses, and individuals. To learn more about our partnerships, visit our Partners and Sponsors page.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Be a part of the Ready to Learn initiative! Contact us now and we will connect you to the right team.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT?
DONATE! Research shows the return on investment for early childhood is higher than any other age group. For every dollar invested in early childhood, $13 is saved in intervention.
OUR READY TO LEARN PARTNERS
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
EXPLORE PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PARENTS IN ROCKFORD:
The Basics are a set of five, easy, evidence-based practices to optimize the development of young children, birth to age three. We provide tools for you!
Explore the BasicsRegister For a Basics Rockford Kit
BEGINNING WITH BABBLE APP
Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents, and caregivers with children from birth to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble coaches caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and-forth interactions with their children.
Download it now!
Better Together - Parenting Groups
Meet other parents and gain empowerment as leaders of your family and your child’s first and most influential teacher.
The Incredible Years
The incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.
More ways for you to connect
Become a Parent Co-Lead
We are looking for parents of young children to help provide insight and lead other parents of young children, and help connect parents to the available resources. This is a paid position.
You are your child’s first teacher! Find local information, supports, and ideas here.
Have questions or need more information?
Support our Work
Your support matters to the work we are doing in the community. Donate today and help every student in the community reach their potential.
WANT TO DISCUSS WHERE YOUR DONATION COULD BEST SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY’S CHILDREN?