About Future Ready Five

Future Ready Five is the leading collective impact organization taking a holistic approach to kindergarten readiness in Franklin County. In pursuit of equity, access and inclusion, our focus is developing systems, elevating early childhood education and inspiring advocacy until all young children are fully prepared for kindergarten.

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Our Mission

To transform early learning and achieve educational equity.

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Our Vision

All children thrive by age five.

Our Values

Equity

We believe that all children should have equitable opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.

Impact

Our vision can only be achieved when we work in collaboration with others who share our urgency and resolve.

Empathy

We understand the challenges families often face and we are committed to helping every child be kindergarten ready.

Innovation

We champion new ideas and solutions that change the system.

Advocacy

We seek to educate, inform, and inspire the community as policy and partnerships can transform early childhood education.

Why is kindergarten readiness so important?

Children who enter kindergarten with language and literacy skills below their classmates don’t often catch up academically. Research shows kindergarten readiness has a lifelong impact. Poor academic performance is linked with higher rates of high school dropouts, teen pregnancy, juvenile detention, unemployment, and adult incarceration. Let’s get 100% of Franklin County kids ready for kindergarten!

Together, we can create a community where all families have the opportunity to prepare their children for kindergarten, giving them a better chance at having a happy and successful life.

Why is kindergarten readiness so important?

Children who enter kindergarten with language and literacy skills below their classmates don’t often catch up academically. Research shows kindergarten readiness has a lifelong impact. Poor academic performance is linked with higher rates of high school dropouts, teen pregnancy, juvenile detention, unemployment, and adult incarceration. Let’s get 100% of Franklin County kids ready for kindergarten!

Our data-driven approach.

About 18,500 children in Franklin County are estimated to enter kindergarten each year. We know today that only 35.4% of them demonstrate kindergarten readiness based on data from Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R). The assessment is given to children when they enter kindergarten.

To ensure every family gets the support services they need, we are launching the FR5 Focus Plan in stages by neighborhoods, beginning with the Linden and Whitehall communities.
By intentionally starting small and scaling fast, we can identify possible resource gaps, determine communication needs, and learn which strategies are most needed by different families within these communities.

We will track our investment in children and families along with quantifiable results measured each year using KRA-R and other data points to confirm we hit our target milestones.

For more information about Future Ready Five please contact Neeta Agrawal at Neeta.Agrawal@futurereadyfive.org.