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Early Literacy Initiative expands reach of Ready Rosie resource

Posted Date: 01/27/2021

Early Literacy Initiative expands reach of Ready Rosie resource

The USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative is making Ready Rosie available to all Cowley County residents. Ready Rosie is an early education tool designed for families with children ages birth through third grade. It provides caregivers with fun activities that are connected to specific, age-appropriate learning outcomes and helps families create meaningful home-learning environments.


At the heart of the platform is a video library of hundreds of “modeled moments.” Modeled moments are short 1-3 minute videos filmed in both English and Spanish that showcase real families in real environments. Caregivers can watch the videos for ideas on how to interact with their children to help teach math, reading, and social-emotional skills, starting at birth!  


Cowley County residents can enroll at using their zip code and sign up for weekly email or text messages with age-appropriate learning activities.


Ready Rosie is currently utilized in the USD 470 PreK and county-wide Head Start PreK programs. Teachers and PreK families have praised the platform for its user-friendly videos and age-appropriate ideas. 


“Ready Rosie has given our families the opportunity to successfully engage in developing academic skills, social/emotional learning, and overall well being of their children,” said Hannah Demaree, USD 470 Head Start Education Coordinator. 


Other Kansas communities, including Leavenworth and Atchison, similarly utilize Ready Rosie both in their schools and in the broader community, and Nebraska has begun statewide implementation with a grant from the Buffet Early Childhood Fund.


The community expansion of Ready Rosie is a joint effort between organizations involved in the Early Literacy Initiative, specifically USD 470, Head Start, REACH tiny-k Infant and Toddler Services, and the Ark City Public Library. The partners will promote Ready Rosie registration through their programming whenever they interact with caregivers of young children. REACH will pilot the use of the resource with their home visitors, allowing for more interaction with their families in a virtual format.


Proficient reading by third grade is a strong predictor of future academic success, high school graduation, and societal outcomes, and the first three years of a child’s life are crucial for building a rich foundation of language and learning. 


USD 470 Early Literacy Coordinator Lindsay Wilke said she is excited about the opportunity to extend this resource to all families in our community. 


“The pandemic has impacted traditional learning in many ways this year, and Ready Rosie is one way to help fill in the gaps and help children learn in a fun and engaging way,” said Wilke. “I’ve tried Ready Rosie activities with my own children and love that the learning games can be played easily in the car or with simple items at home. My hope is that all organizations and childcare providers that work with children in the community will share this helpful resource with their families.” 

To learn more visit The work of the Early Literacy Initiative is funded by the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Health Foundation, visit