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 FY20, ReadyKids impacted 8,296 local kids, families and early childhood educators!

Short Term Outcomes

  • Young children experience improved quality of early care and education (FY20 – 97.4%)
  • Young children are better prepared to begin school (FY20 – 83.2%)
  • Children are safe from abuse and neglect (FY20 – 97.0%)
  • Parents and children experience improved, positive family interactions (FY19 – 93.5%)
  • Teens and children are more socially and emotionally healthy and relate well to others (FY20 – 92.1%)

Counseling

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 private funding to add two new Spanish-speaking counseling positions. As a result of recent growth, the Inside Out team now includes 15 full-time masters-level counselors and interns. In Spring 2020, the program successfully transitioned over 100 active clients to tele-health counseling. During that time period, new intakes to the program were put on a temporary hold, but have since resumed. Limited in-person counseling resumed in July and demand for the program is currently increasing. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $1,743.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 597 802 773
Counseling (primary victims) 248 270 309
Counseling (guardians) 218 226 183
Training 131 306 281

Teen Counseling Program

The Teen Counseling Program continues to see an increase in the intensity and complexity of at-risk behaviors in teens. During the pandemic the program provided short-term intensive masters-level counseling services to teens and their families via tele-health. The 24/7 teen crisis hotline remained in full operation. The program saw a temporary decrease in referrals when schools, the main referral source for the program, closed in Spring of 2020. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $560.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 514 598 645
Crisis Hotline (calls) 146 204 180
Counseling (teens & guardians) 215 257 203
Teen Shelter 0 4 1
Direct Outreach 153 133 261

Early Learning

Family Coordination

Family Coordination helps parents support their children’s learning and creates a linkage between preschool and home. Family Coordination was able to increase families enrolled in the program due to increased funding from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. The program continued to connect private preschools with resources and books to supplement early education for low-income children during COVID. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $486.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 35 22 67
Children Served 18 11 34
Parents Served 17 11 33

ReadySteps

ReadySteps encourages parents as a child’s first and best teacher through early learning playgroups within their home community. They operate on an open enrollment model. In March, the program pivoted to a virtual model offered in Spanish and English. During the spring, they temporarily halted new enrollments leading to a decrease in overall numbers served. To enhance the virtual model, the program provided over 100 play kits with developmental toys and activities to participants and hosted a weekly parenting talk to discuss stress management, behavior issues and parenting tips during COVID-19. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $741.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 400 453 448
Children Served 117 158 148
Adults Served 111 143 141
Family Coordination 172 152 159

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. Quality improvement activities, including coaching, training and technical assistance for early childhood educators continue to be provided via phone, text and video calls. A decrease in coaching and technical assistance occured due to early childhood programs temporarily shutting down and limiting outside visitors during COVID. Trainings continue to be in high demand. Child Development Associate classes have moved to a virtual model and limited in-person classes to ensure early childhood providers can continue to meet accreditation requirements to graduate. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $84.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 6,101 6,107 6,107
Training 748 337 306
Technical Assistance 58 108 106
Coaching 419 502 543
Children Impacted 4,876 5,067 5,152

STAR Kids

STAR Kids teaches preschool-age kids to develop better self-regulation and problem solving abilities to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors. Enrollment fluctuates depending on local Head Start and Barrett Early Learning Center enrollment capacity. In March, the implementation of twice weekly social/emotional development curriculum moved to a virtual model in which lessons were filmed by ReadyKids staff and distributed using the Head Start parenting app and via email. In FY20, the cost per participant was $298.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 262 280 305
Children Served 238 256 277
Providers Impacted 24 24 28

Family Support

Healthy Families

Healthy Families provides at-risk children age 0-5 and their mothers with comprehensive family supports that include school readiness, health education, parenting education, financial stability and self-sufficiency through phone, text, video calls and in-person visits. The program continues to be offered in English, Spanish, Dari, Farsi and Arabic. We continue to partner with Child Health Partnership (formerly Jefferson Area CHiP) to provide mental health counseling to new mothers with depression, anxiety and complex trauma history. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $1,872.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 233 235 246
Assessments (mothers) 19 22 37
Home Visiting (mothers) 70 75 74
Home Visiting (children) 103 100 100
Counseling (mothers) 41 38 35

REAL Dads

REAL Dads coaches fathers to have Responsible, Empowered, Available and Loving relationships with their kids. In the fall of 2019, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail changed their child visitation policy to no longer allow supervised visits of children to see their fathers which limited opportunities for ReadyKids programming and led to a decrease in children served. Due to COVID, the Jail temporarily suspended all in-house programming. Fatherhood mentoring and support continues to be offered to community-based fathers via phone, text and video calls. In FY20, the cost per beneficiary was $1,368.

Measurement FY2020 FY2019 FY2018
Totals 154 201 146
Fathers Served 41 46 35
Children Served 6 16 11
Children Impacted 107 139 100

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