KC Ready 4s News

June 4, 2021

More Support for Kalamazoo County Early Education Teachers On Its Way 

Non-profit providing access to health and wellness benefits to over 300 early educators

KALAMAZOO, MI —  It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the early education sector hard. It’s an industry that was already in a precarious position: private providers rely on tuition and subsidies to stay open and even prior to 2020, many operated on razor-thin margins. Those razor-thin margins contribute to the early childhood education staffing crisis:  without the ability to pay a living wage or offer health benefits, recruiting and retaining staff remains a problem.

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WKZO Interview

WWMT Article

January 28, 2021

Pre-K Teachers Receive Gratitude Bonus from Kalamazoo County Ready 4s After Being
Left out of Michigan K-12 Hazard Pay 

100 Kalamazoo County teachers to receive funds from local nonprofit  

KALAMAZOO, MI —  With recent funding from Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Community Urgent Relief Fund, local nonprofit Kalamazoo County Ready 4s will be assisting their 50 program partners with a one-time Gratitude Bonus, providing critical funds to Pre-K teachers and assistant teachers. Financial support ranges from $250-$500 for each educator.

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MLive Article

WWMT Article