The mission ofKalamazoo County Ready 4sis to advance fully accessible, high-quality pre-kindergarten education for every 3 and 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County through collaborative leadership with public and private providers.
KC Ready 4s is a 501c3 non-profit that was formed in response to a 2008 meeting, where Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community (ISAAC) identified the critical community need for accessible, high quality pre-kindergarten for 4 year-olds. Learn more about our founding.
The Kalamazoo County Committee for Early Childhood Education (KCCECE) facilitated an intensive two-year study, which assessed the kindergarten readiness of students throughout Kalamazoo County and supported enhancement of the quality of pre-kindergarten providers. As a result, the committee formed the Kalamazoo County Ready 4s’ board and hired an executive director to design a local system for accessible, high-quality pre-kindergarten.
Partnering with Private Pre-K Programs inKalamazoo County
Since 2010, KC Ready 4s has been contracting with qualified licensed private preschools, child care centers, and group child care homes that achieve and maintain 4-5 stars as measured by Michigan’s Great Start to Quality. Those programs that achieve and maintain 4-5 star ratings are eligible for tuition support to qualified families. Visit our 3-year-old and 4-year-old services pages to learn more about pre-K programs in Kalamazoo County.
Through our partnerships, KC Ready 4s offers mentorships to classroom teachers and Professional Development opportunities for staff.
Other programs are working to attain 4-5 stars.
Who We Serve
KC Ready 4s servesall families in Kalamazoo Countyby providing sliding scale tuition to eligible families.
Children in KC Ready 4s 4-year-old programs attend their school 3 hours/day, 5 days/week, for 33 weeks. Children in KC Ready 4s 3-year-old programs attend their school full time, 5 days/week for 33 weeks.
Families involved in our programs are supported through several workshops throughout the school year, including an event designed to uniquely position them to support their child’s transition into kindergarten.