Our Impact

ReadyKids Strives to be an Effective Nonprofit

Like all effective nonprofit organizations, ReadyKids regularly evaluates our impact on the community.

We collect data using a custom-built Performance Measurement System to measure not only the demographics and expenditures of our programs, but also the efficiency, quality and effectiveness. Using standardized tools like the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ®-3) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), ReadyKids measures each participant’s progress toward quality early learning experiences and positive family relationships. Our data enables us to assess our programs and helps to inform future decisions around program adjustments and service enhancements.

Check out our most up-to-date metrics below.

Program Participation

  • In FY19, ReadyKids impacted 9,152 local kids, families and early childhood educators!

Short Term Outcomes

  • Caregivers are knowledgeable to promote the healthy development of kids in all areas (FY19 – 98.6%)
  • Young children experience improved quality of early care and education (FY19 – 82.1%)
  • Young children are better prepared to begin school (FY19 – 85.5%)
  • Children are safe from abuse and neglect (FY19 – 97.6%)
  • Parents and children experience improved, positive family interactions (FY19 – 94.1%)
  • Teens and children are more socially and emotionally healthy and relate well to others (FY19 – 94.8%)


Inside Out

Inside Out Counseling provides counseling to help kids and families who have experienced trauma begin the healing process. Inside Out continues to be our fastest growing program and recently received additional state funding. Coupled with private support, funding now allows the Inside Out Counseling team to include 12 full-time masters-level counselors and 3 masters-level interns. Despite the ongoing expansion, the program continues to have a 50+ person wait list. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $1,135.  This makes us the most effective nonprofit for counseling children in Charlottesville.

Counseling (primary victims)270309223
Counseling (guardians)226183148

Teen Counseling Program

The Teen Counseling Program provides individual and family counseling to foster positive, nurturing family relationships and to ensure that teens are safe and healthy. The Teen Counseling Program saw an increase in the intensity and complexity of at-risk behaviors by teens in the program. In order to allocate sufficient time for crisis-based counseling, outreach efforts were decreased this past year. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $717.

Crisis Hotline (calls)204180161
Counseling (teens & guardians)257203225
Teen Shelter414
Direct Outreach133261271

Early Learning

Family Coordination

Family Coordination helps parents support their children’s learning and creates a linkage between preschool and home. Family Coordination was sustained in FY19 at a decreased level by ReadyKids program dollars when the state grant was discontinued. The state grant was re-administered for FY20. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $70.

Children Served113435
Parents Served113334


ReadySteps encourages parents as a child’s first and best teacher through early learning playgroups within their home community. ReadySteps completed the third year of a three-year private expansion grant. The grant allowed the program to expand early learning playgroups to new neighborhoods, including public school settings in Albemarle County; increase the frequency of existing groups; and add structured family coordination. ReadyKids is committed to sustaining the expansion post-grant in FY20. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $643.

Children Served158148150
Adults Served143141117
Family Coordination15215958

Growing Minds

Growing Minds improves the quality of early child care and preschool settings by offering coaching, training and support to early childhood teachers and directors. Growing Minds continued to emphasize coaching and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators in the community, including providing the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Hiring challenges in FY19 caused a decreased coaching capacity. The program is fully staffed for FY20. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $402.

Technical Assistance108106175
Children Impacted5,0675,1524,454


STAR Kids teaches preschool-age kids to develop better self-regulation and problem solving abilities to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors. STAR Kids uses evidence-based curriculum and works closely with other effective nonprofit organizations. In FY19, the cost per participant was $272, down from $338 last year.

Children Served256277271
Providers Impacted242831

Family Support

Healthy Families

Healthy Families fosters nurturing family relationships for pregnant moms and safe environments for young children. Healthy Families decreased assessments and outreach to focus efforts on intensive home visiting services for clients already enrolled in the program. We continue to partner with Child Health Partnership (formerly Jefferson Area CHiP) to provide mental health counseling to new mothers. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $1,827.

Assessments (mothers)223742
Home Visiting (mothers)757452
Home Visiting (children)10010087
Counseling (mothers)383523


REAL Dads coaches fathers to have Responsible, Empowered, Available and Loving relationships with their kids. The REAL Dads class at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail has 14 fathers on the wait list. Quarterly direct contact visits between incarcerated fathers and their children at the jail provided safe and nurturing environments for fathers to improve their relationships with their children. A combination of more community dads staying in the program for longer time and more dads in group rotating in and out of jail increased the number of participants. In FY19, the cost per beneficiary was $1,168.  Among effective nonprofit organizations in Charlottesville, REAL Dads is the only fatherhood program with measurable outcomes.

Fathers Served463538
Children Served161119
Children Impacted139100116

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