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The Ready Freddy Program

Grade Levels

Pre-Kindergarten , Kindergarten , 1st Grade , 2nd Grade


The Ready Freddy Program was created in collaboration with Pittsburgh Public Schools, engaged parents and multiple community partners. Early success came in the form of dramatic increases in enrollment numbers. Before any intervention, school administrators and teachers reported that 75% of eligible children were not enrolled in kindergarten on time. We know from the research that when children enroll late and are chronically absent, they miss critical components of early learning and are at greater risk for failing and dropping out. To address these low enrollment numbers, parents, school personnel, early childhood centers, and community agencies worked together to reach out to families and raise community awareness. The result: on-time enrollment tripled in just one year!


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