The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with United Way of Tarrant County to provide parents and caregivers of young children with some new strategies for making sure every child in Fort Worth is ready for school.
Through a program called “ReadyRosie,” Fort Worth families and caregivers can register to receive daily messages on their mobile devices or home computers that include short videos that model fun learning activities. These activities can be done in the home, car, grocery store, restaurants, public transportation or laundromats—wherever real life happens.
This service is available free to parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, daycare professionals, older siblings—anyone who interacts with a child from infant to six years old and is looking for great ideas that inspire learning and development.
(Watch a ReadyRosie video in English and in Spanish at the bottom of this story.)
“We know early learning and academic success go far beyond a classroom,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby about the ReadyRosie initiative. “Fort Worth ISD is taking an innovative approach to reach all families of young children with this early learning tool. Our parents will be given ideas for learning opportunities everywhere they go.”
“We recognize that a child’s early years, from birth until school-age, are a unique period of growth and development,” said United Way President and CEO Tim McKinney. “Early learning is part of United Way’s education goal to ensure more students graduate from high school on time, and we recognize and appreciate the important role parents play in creating positive learning experience at home.”
Research shows that 85 percent of parents of pre-kindergarten age children are connected to the Internet at least once a day through mobile devices or traditional computers. While traditional methods are limited by the walls of a classroom, these videos use mobile technology to equip every parent and grandparent to be their child’s first and most effective teacher.
ReadyRosie videos are based on the Texas pre-kindergarten guidelines and the Texas standards for infants and toddlers. For the first time, families, child care teachers and other adults in the community can see quick examples of what Texas has issued as the guideline for early learning.