To support family engagement efforts, ReadyRosie delivers parenting curriculum in the form of videos and workshops to caregivers, facilitates communications between families and teachers, and provides online or live professional learning to teachers. Ready Rosie partners with non-profit and government-funded programs. The platform has over one million users and is available in both English and Spanish, with closed captioning in additional languages.
Active since 2012
Developer Teaching Strategies
- Technology utilized
- Target audience
ECD Focus areas
- Responsive caregiving Parents/caregiver’s ability to observe, understand, and respond to children’s cues appropriately.
- Health and nutrition Support for children’s physical and emotional health and access to diverse nutrient rich food. This also includes maternal health and nutrition including during pregnancy.
- Early learning Opportunities for children to engage in activities that promote early literacy, numeracy, motor, and social-emotional skills.
How it works
ReadyRosie supports family engagement by delivering a parenting curriculum and connecting teachers and caregivers through an online, interactive platform. The tool focuses on integrating learning at home and is unique for its direct partnership with schools, NGOs, and libraries, as well as its expansive digital library of evidence-based videos.Read more
Parents and caregivers have access to a library of over 1,000 short, 2-minute ‘Modeled Moment’ videos that demonstrate positive practices with children. The evidence-based videos demonstrate how parents can integrate learning, communication skills, and more into their daily interactions. ReadyRosie’s growing list of content categories includes: language and literacy, math and reasoning, family health and wellbeing, research and answers, social-emotional learning, and ReadyBaby, which focuses on infant engagement and development. Parents also have access to short, educational videos featuring child development experts.
Communication and Knowledge Sharing
The tool offers two-way communication between teachers and parents: teachers can select and send specific videos to the parents of their students, while parents have the opportunity to send direct, private messages to teachers. Through their digital platform, ReadyRosie offers a forum for sharing tips and recommendations between parents and educators. Members receive weekly messages with digital content through email or text. Educators can also create a playlist of videos for parents, customizing their classroom page according to age and language.
Workshops and Data Visualization
ReadyRosie offers family workshops, ranging from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours, for both families and educators. Teachers can access professional development content through live and online workshops. The tool also allows parents to set goals and tracks the learning outcomes and progress toward these goals. Through the data dashboard, learning outcomes can be visualized and shared according to individual student, classroom, or school.
In the future, the tool will offer videos in additional languages, including Arabic. ReadyRosie also has plans for geographic expansion, particularly to international schools outside of the United States.
User engagement strategies
- Flexible tool experience Providing flexibility and choice for users to determine their use of the tool (e.g., frequency of messages, content, sequence).
- Goal setting Allowing users to choose their goals for a particular theme, usually from a list of pre-populated goals.
- User progress tracking Tracking user’s progression across tool features (e.g., number of activities completed, progress towards goals).
- Network sharing Encouraging use of the tool simultaneously with a partner/alternate caregiver to create a shared experience or sharing tool resources and content with others through messages or social media.
- Sharing tips and resources Sharing knowledge and activities to improve practices, behaviors, and skills in different ways (e.g., short messages, videos) to support child development.
- Providing expert support Providing access to experts (e.g., nurses, mental health professionals) through various means (e.g., live chats, consultations, video resources).
Reach and relevance
1 million +As of March 2023, over one million users are on the ReadyRosie platform. They partner with over 5000 schools and programs nationwide.
- Country of origin
United States; Some international schools and military bases outside of the US.
ReadyRosie primarily engages its audience through partnerships with public schools and NGOs. Demos for educators, administrators, and caregivers are also offered online.
Technology and access
ReadyRosie can be accessed through a web-based database. It requires use of a smartphone, computer, or tablet. The platform is free for parents and caregivers whose children are students at participating schools or organizations. A tiered pricing model is used to determine the cost per classroom.
ReadyRosie offers pre and post surveys and workshop evaluation, both of which are optional and available to schools. A bi-annual ReadyRosie program survey is conducted with partners to determine customer satisfaction and learnings from the home learning video curriculum.
In 2018, ReadyRosie partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development to conduct a multi-phase evaluation of the program. The results of this initial evaluation found that family workshops hold significant value in the comprehensive ReadyRosie program. Feedback from families and schools that participated in the workshops indicate positive outcomes; however, other factors, such as school leadership, also play an important role in promoting school-wide usage and family engagement.
For more information on research and evaluation see: https://www.readyrosie.com/research/.
ReadyRosie has focused its efforts on partnering with government-funded programs, nonprofits, and various school districts. The tool qualifies for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) government funding in the United States. Key partners include Head Start (a public preschool program), public elementary schools, school districts, public libraries, programs for migrant youth and indigenous communities, and medical institutions.