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It’s been an amazing 10 years

This year we wanted to do something a bit different. To celebrate our 10th anniversary we wanted to release ten videos that not only tell our story, but share thoughts from industry experts, celebrate those difference makers among us and give a peak at what has made KC Ready 4s so impactful in our community.

Our First 10 Years

Interview with Art Rolnick

Pre-K in Kalamazoo County

Pham Family Testimonial

Excellent Educator Award

KC Ready 4’s Kids

Our Response to COVID-19

A Conversation with Denise Crawford and Dr. Lia Gaggino

A Conversation with Suzanne Bouffard

Partnering with KC Ready 4s

Our Guest Speakers

Art Rolnick

Economics of Early Childhood Development Expert

Art is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He previously served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as a senior vice president and director of research.

Suzanne Bouffard

Author and PBS Kids Contributor

Suzanne is the author of The Most Important Year. She will join KC Ready 4s to discuss just that, the importance of high-quality learning environments!

Denise Crawford

President and Chief Executive Officer for Family Health Center

Denise Crawford has led FHC since 2009, steadily expanding the center’s ability to deliver quality health care to underserved populations in the greater Kalamazoo area. Denise serves on the KC Ready 4s’ Board of Directors, and will join us to talk about the ways in which FHC and KC Ready 4s partner to support child development.

Dr. Lia Gaggino

Pediatrician and District V Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Lia Gaggino is a primary care pediatrician with 31 years of experience. Currently also serving as the District V Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Gaggino will discuss the impact of high-quality pre-k on a child’s brain development.

Award Sponsors

A celebratory cheers!

October 1st we hosted a live-streamed Celebratory Cheers to conclude this campaign. Donors received Celebratory Cheers packages, sponsored by Millennium Restaurant Group, with a range of goodies including a split of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and a MRG gift card. Watch the brief celebration below.