Watch and listen to what parents say about Mesa K Ready

Parents play a leading role in their children’s early childhood education. Mesa K-Ready provides parents with classes and resources to help entire families succeed in preparing children for kindergarten. Here are a few tips to get started.

  • Reading to children 20 minutes a day not only helps them learn to read, it also increases their vocabulary and introduces punctuation.
  • Eat dinner together to talk about your day and what is coming up the next day. Including them in these discussions helps develop their social and decision-making skills.
  • Have a consistent bed time so children wake up refreshed and ready to learn, 8 p.m. works great for this age group.
  • Talk them through and allow them to help with everyday tasks like cooking where they can learn measurements and time.
  • Have them identify shapes, colors and objects throughout the day.
  • Limit screen time to less than one hour per day – Including Miss Humblebee’s Academy!

Everyday there are opportunities for children to learn and with these easy tips parents can incorporate learning into almost any situation.

Parent Resources

  • Parent University Schedule: Parent University provides parents and caregivers with information and classes about their vital role in shaping children’s lives. Sessions focus on child development, effective parenting skills and children’s academic needs. The classes are presented by national consultants and prominent Valley educators.
  • First Things Blog: Information and inspiration for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschooler.
  • Birth to Five helpline: A free service available to all Arizona families with young children, as well as parents-to-be, with questions or concerns about their infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Mesa K-Ready VIPP program: Learn more about the Mesa Very Important Pre-schooler & Parent Program – a free program for qualified Mesa families who will be enrolling their child in kindergarten next year.

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Mesa United Way Resource Guide

We know that anyone can fall on hard times, much of the time through no fault of their own. Although we don’t provide direct services, we have compiled a resource guide with information about community agencies that do provide direct services. One way Mesa United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in this community is by helping individuals fine the resources that best fit their needs. Please click on the link below to access the resource guide and feel free to contact Mesa United Way with any further questions.

Additional resources about child development