READY! for Kindergarten and READ Up Projects

These early learning programs support 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.

Summer learning loss is a real problem with a simple solution. READ Up encourages children to read throughout the summer months by providing free books and weekly story times for children birth to age eight. Idaho AEYC offers the program through partnerships with local organizations that provide summer activities for children.

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.