The City of Pittsburgh is partnering with ReadyRosie to get high quality PreK tools directly into the hands of parents and caregivers of the city’s 0-5 year olds. Parents and caregivers are able to sign-up to receive free daily videos modeling activities they can do with their child in everyday situations: in the car, at the grocery store, in the park or library, or around the dinner table.

Families and teachers from Hug Me Tight Childlife Center in Pittsburgh signed-up for an early rollout of the ReadyRosie program this summer. Families from the school, along with Mayor Bill Peduto and other city leaders worked with the ReadyRosie team to create customized videos featuring Pittsburgh families in Pittsburgh settings, including Freedom Corner, the steps of City Hall, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hill District, and a local home.

Pittsburgh is one of 14 cities to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Department of Education to host a Community Conversation in order “to discuss strategies for providing children with the foundational skills needed to enter school ready to learn.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on August 13, 2014 when the Pittsburgh ReadyRosie initiative is launched city-wide.

For more information on the partnership, contact:

Emily Roden, ReadyRosie Founder – emily@readyrosie.com – 940–300-7084
Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton – cosette.grant-overton@pittsburghpa.gov – 412-255-2626