the time a child arrives for kindergarten, 85 percent of the brain is developed. If the brain is purposefully stimulated and nurtured before a child
is old enough to tie his or her shoes, that child's lifelong capacity
to learn will be forever enhanced. And, unfortunately, if it is not, an opportunity is lost forever."
PRODUCTS -- THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
the Michigan Department of Education's national award-winning R.E.A.D.Y. program. This program is a key component of Governor
Jennifer Granholm's Project
Great Start early childhood effort.
R.E.A.D.Y. program was developed in 1998, by the Michigan Department of
Education and early childhood and literacy experts to increase parent
and caregiver awareness of the important connection between their child's
early learning and future success.
The main component of this program is the R.E.A.D.Y.
kit provides parents, family members and caregivers with engaging information,
materials and learning activities to help children beginning at birth
develop the language and literacy skills needed to enter school READY.
Since its inception, R.E.A.D.Y. has become one of the most successful
early childhood parent information programs in Michigan and throughout
the country. It also has been shipped internationally to Australia,
Canada, Asia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries around the
kit is available for three age groups, infants, toddlers,
Each kit contains over a dozen educational materials including: a
quality children's book and pocket-size book list, learning activities
and reminder magnet, a music cassette, a child development video and booklet
by I am Your Child, a child development ages and stages wheel,
and other products to help young children learn and succeed.
is for parents, family members, caregivers, parenting professionals,
family literacy experts, preschool and elementary school teachers
-- anyone who spends time with or is important in the life of
a child. "Someone just like you."
To date over 1.5 million Michigan parents have received kits.
R.E.A.D.Y. materials have become a key component of parenting programs,
early learning, and school readiness programs across the state. But
most impressive have been the results. Almost all parents said they
used and valued the kit. Over two-thirds of parents said the kit provided important information and motivated
them to read and interact more with their child -- success almost
unheard of with commercially developed products.
award-winning R.E.A.D.Y. video, "It Starts with a Book ... And You,"
illustrating learning activities for parents to share with their young
R.E.A.D.Y. for School Pack for 4
to 6 year oldsfilled with over 30 literacy-based learning activities centered
around the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This popular
learning pack is consistent with No Child Left Behind
(NCLB), Reading First, and Early Reading First.
R.E.A.D.Y.kits and other materials
may be PUCHASED
ONLINE for a small cost at a secure site or by downloading
form that can be faxed or mailed to our R.E.A.D.Y.
production and distribution partner Central Michigan University's, Educational
Materials Center (EMC). EMC may also be reached at (800) 214-8961
or (989) 774-3953.
R.E.A.D.Y. Goes NATIONAL
a result of national interest, select R.E.A.D.Y.
products are now available nationwide. Revenues generated
from national sales will be used to provide free kits to Michigan
For program information contact: Jan
Ellis (517) 373-9391. Click here to view our R.E.A.D.Y.
Power Point Presentation on how young children learn as well
as information on this important program.
additional early childhood information for parents click
information on early childhood programs at the Michigan Department
of Education click
early childhood research and instruction information click