Outcomes & Testimonials

Across Kalamazoo County

Our program reach extends far beyond the families that benefit from tuition assistance. The mentorship, professional development, and whole child support offered to every one of our 50+ partner programs benefits all children in those classrooms.

Children who receive high-quality early care and education do better in school and life, which improves their lives and the status of their communities.

Evidence consistently shows that high-quality early education and care produces life-changing outcomes for children, strengthens families, helps children have a smoother transition to kindergarten, and spurs economic development for their region.

Such programs produce $3 in extra earnings for the local economy for every $1 invested, as well as benefits from reduced crime and special education costs.

Children in high-quality programs are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to commit crimes.

An effective early childhood offering and educated workforce attract companies and investment to our region.


Because of KCReady 4s my son was able to attend PreK at the YMCA where it was not only convenient for me in terms of distance but also affordable as a student.

— Kuziva A., Parent, YMCA Maple Street Early Learning Center

My girls’ speech has improved substantially this school year. They have learned so much and have improved on their emotional maturity as well. Thank you for all your help and knowledge.

— Alyse M., Parent, Learning Village on Lake Street

Having the support of KC Ready 4s is a life saver.  They have assisted our program with children who may have difficult times at school.  They are helpful in providing suggestions that help the student and teacher.

— Shelly W., Staff, S.E.E.D.S. Learning Center

KC Ready 4s has allowed us to work and maintain a stable household income. KC Ready 4s has been great!

— Barbara H., Parent, Learning Village on Lake Street

This has been a great experience for my son from the beginning to the end. He now recognizes letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. He learned how to problem solve and how to participate in a group setting. His teachers are so loving and caring they provided our family help in the areas needed with his speech improvement and behavior.

— Darsheena W., Parent, Learning Village on Lake Street

Our center has partnered with KC Ready 4s since the beginning. So, I have watched KC Ready 4s evolve SO much over the last ten years and am proud to say we are a KCReady 4s site. Times are uncertain and challenging right now, but KC Ready 4s has not stopped providing their wonderful and amazing support. Thank you for not only your help now, but always.

— Alexis G., Director, Learning Village on Fairfax

KC Ready 4s was a great program. The funding alone was a huge help to my family financially. My daughter really benefitted with this program socially and mentally, and it feels like it helped prepare her for her upcoming school year.

— Heather O., Parent, Lakeland Creative Beginnings

KC Ready 4s has positively set my child up for success by preparing him for kindergarten. The high-quality that has been provided by KC Ready 4s is a value-added experience and educational basis that is clear and evident.

—Cassandra V., Parent, Lakeland Creative Beginnings