Our Impact

ReadyKids’ Evidence-Based Program Results

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 their 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 FY22, ReadyKids impacted 6,840 local kids, families and early childhood educators!

Short Term Outcomes

  • Young children experience improved quality of early care and education (FY22 – 94%)
  • Young children are better prepared to begin school (FY22 – 88.5%)
  • Children are safe from abuse and neglect (FY22 – 97.7%)
  • Parents and children experience improved, positive family interactions (FY22 – 96%)
  • Teens and children are more socially and emotionally healthy and relate well to others (FY22 – 94%)


Inside Out

Inside Out Counseling provides trauma counseling primarily in-person to kids ages 2-18. At the beginning of 2022, the waitlist was temporarily closed when the community demand for counseling outpaced our ability to provide services. Our waitlist is now open following the onboarding of new counselors and Masters-level interns. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $1,529.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 587 575 597
Counseling (primary victims) 247 250 248
Counseling (guardians) 183 210 218
Training 157 115 131

Teen Counseling Program

The Teen Counseling Program provides short-term intensive counseling services to teens and their families. TCP continues to see an increase in referrals and in the intensity and complexity of behaviors in teens, as well as an increase in teens that identify as LBGTQ+. The 24/7 teen crisis hotline saw a 20% increase in calls. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $397.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 428 416 598
Crisis Hotline (calls) 209 165 146
Counseling (teens & guardians) 129 176 215
Teen Shelter 0 1 0
Direct Outreach 90 74 153

Early Learning


ReadySteps provides in-person and virtual early learning playgroups in English and Spanish in various communities in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Starting in September 2022, the program will provide all in-person playgroups in Southwood, Friendship Court, City of Promise, and Church of the Incarnation. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $1,606.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 132 121 228
Children Served 62 65 117
Adults Served 70 56 111

Growing Minds

Growing Minds provides quality improvement activities for child care providers including coaching, training, technical assistance, and consultation. The program has undergone changes and narrowed its reach of participants in response to the Virginia Department of Education’s transition to Ready Regions. With these changes comes a restructuring of activities and a focus on providing programmatic services to centers and family day homes that take subsidies. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $479.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 4,804 5,351 6,101
Training 281 393 748
Technical Assistance 36 65 58
Coaching 675 705 419
Children Impacted 3,812 4,188 4,876


STAR Kids provides lessons that teach social-emotional development and problem-solving skills. Enrollment fluctuates depending on local Head Start and Barrett Early Learning Center enrollment capacity. STAR Kids returned to in-person lessons in classrooms, but remained prepared to adapt if classrooms shut down due to COVID outbreaks. When classes were virtual, STAR Kids video lessons were provided. In FY22, the cost per participant was $368.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 223 195 262
Children Served 201 168 238
Providers Impacted 22 27 24

Family Support

Healthy Families

Healthy Families provides children ages 0–5 and their parents with comprehensive family support through in-person visits, phone, text, and video calls. Programming is offered in English, Spanish, Dari, and Pashto. Healthy Families’ ability to provide programming increased with the addition of a bilingual mental health intern and expansion into Nelson County. Throughout the year, the program maintained the same level of participants. We continue to partner with Child Health Partnership to provide in-home mental health counseling for parents with depression, anxiety, and complex trauma history. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $3,109.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 248 177 233
Assessments (mothers) 27 12 19
Home Visiting (mothers) 51 52 70
Home Visiting (children) 140 90 103
Counseling (mothers) 30 23 41


REAL Dads provides coaching to fathers who want to build strong, secure relationships with their families. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail in-house programming remains suspended due to COVID. However, as COVID restrictions were lifted, we were able to attend more outreach events and increase our engagement with the community. In FY22, the cost per beneficiary was $2,459.

Measurement FY2022 FY2021 FY2020
Totals 418 76 154
Fathers Served 17 16 41
Children Served 9 4 6
Children Impacted 62 56 107
Outreach* 330

* New category

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