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READY! for Kindergarten

This early learning program supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teacher.

When it comes to early learning, young children learn best through engagement with people they love and trust. READY! for Kindergarten workshops encourage parents to talk, sing, read and play with their child in simple ways that foster essential pre-literacy, pre-math and social-emotional skills. The age-appropriate activities are designed to begin at birth and continue through age five. This curriculum, created by the Children’s Reading Foundation, is based on current research and replicates what parents and educators of successful students have done for years. READY! is also available for child care providers, for more information email

Each workshop provides FREE learning resources for families thanks  to the Dove Foundation and CapEd Credit Union's generous support.


Keep learning all summer long!

READY! For Kindergarten is handing out FREE books this summer to Treasure Valley children asking them to read at least 20 minutes each day. Children who read throughout the summer will stop the summer slide, a decline in reading skills that happens when school isn’t in session.

What You Do Matters

Reading together 20 minutes every day teaches most school readiness skills (e.g., vocabulary, counting, colors, social skills, etc.). Children need to enter school with basic reading, math, social and emotional skills. From birth to age 5, when a child’s brain develops rapidly, is the time to build the foundation of cognitive abilities and character.

Make the most of reading aloud with your child.  Reading Tips >

Free animated picture books with your library card.   Tumble Books >

Idaho AEYC is partnering with the Dove Foundation and CapEd Credit Union to provide these free workshops and resources for low-income families in Idaho.