OPS, DCPS offering new program that helps families prepare children for kindergarten

March 14, 2023 | 12:09 am

Updated March 13, 2023 | 11:36 pm

Leslie Peveler, Matthew Constant | Photos provided

The Daviess County and Owensboro public school districts are offering a new, free program that gives parents quick access to resources to better prepare their child for the first day of kindergarten. The program, designed for families with children age birth through 5, provides all manner of relevant facts and tips via weekly text messages.

The school districts are partnering with the Public Life Foundation to institute the program, called Ready4K.

Parents can opt in to receive free weekly texts which are tailored to their child’s stage of development, based on their age and grade. All the resources are built around everyday routines such as walking to the bus or car. 

There is no cost to enroll. Families entering preschool for the 2023-24 school year in either district will automatically be signed up beginning July 1. Families with children aged birth to three years old can voluntarily enroll by texting “GOPED” to 70138. 

Both school districts are proud of the partnership and the opportunities to grow this program in the community. 

“Through the generosity and support of the Public Life Foundation, DCPS and OPS will team together so families can have access to suggestions and recommendations that engage our youngest generation,” said Leslie Peveler, DCPS Director of Elementary Education. “We want every child to be prepared for school, and the Ready4K platform provides important developmental information, evidence-based activities and extensions for families from birth to age 5 in a quick and simple format.” 

Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Constant said, “Early childhood education is vital to the success of a student’s academic and social development. It is important that we, as school districts, connect with families and their children in the years before they reach school age to make sure they are as prepared as possible to start school.” 

Literature about the Ready4K program will begin to be distributed by the school districts and will be a part of online registration that began Monday. Information can also be found on district social media pages and websites. 

March 14, 2023 | 12:09 am

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