Educational Institutions

Ready To Start

  • Bakersfield, CA

Mission Statement

Ready to Start sets up students for educational success by preparing children with no / limited preschool experience for kindergarten in a structured, academic five week program at a total cost of less than $400 per student. Ready to Start focuses on English (Language Arts), Math and Supportive Skills. The program is free to all participating students.

Main Programs

  1. Ready to Start
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Currently operates in Greenfield, Rosedale, Maple, Panama-Buena Vista, Lost Hills, Standard and Wasco school districts.

ruling year

2006

Chief of Staff since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Stephen L. Sanders

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, education, preschool, R2S, kindergarten readiness, parent involvement, school readiness

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EIN

27-0134759

Also Known As

R2S

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Ready to Start now has eleven years of solid data demonstrating the effectiveness of Ready to Start on students entering kindergarten. Our top three accomplishments for 2014 are: 817 students graduated R2S in seven school districts: Greenfield, Panama-Buena Vista, Rosedale, Maple, Lost Hills, Wasco and Standard; Overall, students achieved a 92% post assessment mastery in the combined areas of language arts, math and supportive skills compared to a 62% mastery before the program (pre and post tests); R2S students continue to perform equal or above levels compared to non R2S students in 3rd grade.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Ready to Start

Ready To Start is a five-week program that uses a structured Ready to Start Curriculum, coaching, certificated credentialed teachers, professional development, and parent involvement. R2S currently targets 900 children in five school districts for kindergarten during 20 (four days per week) or 25 days of instruction (five days per week). Districts have the option of running four or five days per week; however the length of instructional time is the same. Ready to Start has nine years of data and demonstrated results in preparing children for the rigors of kindergarten. By testing pre and post scores, and following children through third grade, data shows that Ready to Start effectively prepares students, and R2S students continue to perform as well as or better than their peers even as they enter later grades.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$400.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To ensure that students with no or little preschool experience enter kindergarten ready to learn, and retain those skills throughout their academic career. Skills learned include math, language arts and social skills.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    R2S operates a 5 week summer program the summer before children enter kindergarten. R2S uses a copyrighted curriculum that teaches math, language arts and social skills in classes of no more than 15 students. A credentialed teacher and teachers aide are present in the classroom, and an academic coach ensures the teachers remain on track. Students are also screened for health (vision, hearing) and dental issues. A robust parent component is also part of R2S.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    R2S has operated for 12 years with excellent success. Credentialed teachers and coaches ensure the integrity of the program.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    R2S measures Pre and post mastery of math and language arts before kids enter the program and again upon graduation. R2S also tracks kids through 3rd grade and measures CST 3rd grade scores to ensure students remain at or above their peers in terms of learning.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The R2S program has proven success. Our only obstacle in expanding services is funding. In 2014 we were able to expand to North Kern through a partnership with Roll Global / Paramount Farming.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Currently operates in Greenfield, Rosedale, Maple, Panama-Buena Vista, Lost Hills, Standard and Wasco school districts.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Funds to underwrite the cost of the program which is $400 per student. The program runs five weeks and provides a structured academic school readiness program so that children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

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Financials

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Ready to Start Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Ready To Start

Leadership

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Chief of Staff

Mr. Stephen L. Sanders

BIO

Steve Sanders serves as Chief of Staff for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. In this role he oversees the administration of the Ready to Start program.

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief of Staff

"Ready to Start is a cost-effective, proven program aimed at ensuring kids with little of no preschool are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Larry E. Reider

Retired

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?