When teachers thrive, our kids thrive
KC Ready 4s knows our biggest impact happens in the classroom. As partner programs, your team gets access to a network of educational supports, programs, and resources.
Since 2010, KC Ready 4s has been partnering with qualified, licensed preschools, child care centers, and group child care homes.
Those programs that are recognized as Enhancing Quality – Validated, or Demonstrating Quality by Great Start to Quality are eligible for tuition support to qualified families. Visit the Find a Program page for a list of our partner pre-K programs in Kalamazoo County.
Early education has a staffing crisis
Annual turnover rate of Preschool teachers in Michigan
Annual turnover rate of assistant teachers in Michigan
55% of KC Ready 4s programs say staffing is the single biggest problem
The two biggest reasons Preschool teachers leave
Preschool teachers are in the bottom 3-5% of the national wage scale.
45% of Preschool teachers have no access to health benefits.
Partner Program benefits
KC Ready 4s partner programs have access to:
- Teacher Mentors
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapist
- Behavior Specialist
- Professional development workshops
- Free counseling
- 24 hour crisis line
- Professional coaching
- ECE Leadership Mentor