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Families

The most important thing for families to know is the role they play in the development of their child’s brain is invaluable.  Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. With that in mind parents have to be embraced as fully engaged partners empowered to take ownership of their child’s kindergarten readiness.

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What do they do?

Every day parents make decisions about their child’s nutrition, the words they hear, and what early care and education program fits their child best. Many parents do not know how important their role is, and that simply sharing time to read can aid their child’s development. If parents are empowered, beginning in the prenatal stages, they can build on best practices that will ensure their children have the best opportunity to succeed.
 

How can you partner?

Step 1: The most important thing for families to know is that the role that they play in the development of their child’s brain is invaluable. Have your families sign up for the Governor's Office of Early Childhood’s Monthly Message and promote Parent Guides.
 
Step 2: Share Brigance results with your families, and promote Kentucky All Stars and the board’s vision for kindergarten readiness at board meetings and through other communications.

Step 3: Your school can apply to participate in United Way Born Learning Academies, a series of school-based workshops that empower parents to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.