Watch and listen to what parents say about Mesa K Ready
- 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.
- Why early childhood matters: Research and information about the first five years.
- Visit the Mesa K-Ready Service Menu page for listing of all the benefits families receive through Mesa K-Ready.
- Child care and preschool: Quality is one of the most important factors to consider in child care and preschool.
- Literacy: Reading is vital to a child’s ability to learn and be successful in school.
- Ages and stages: While all children develop differently, it helps to know if they are meeting typical milestones and how you can support their healthy development and learning.
- Arizona Head Start programs provide high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, mental health, disabilities, and social services with a strong parent involvement focus. Head Start in Arizona serves almost 22,000 children and 21,000 families through 22 Head Start Grantees. Of the 22 grantees, nine are Regional Head Start Programs; thirteen are Tribal Head Start Programs and one is both a Regional and Migrant Head Start Program. Grantees are further extended by 11 Delegate Programs. Together, Arizona Grantees and Delegates administer comprehensive Head Start services at almost 500 locations throughout the state.
- Kinder U – Parent information and resources for preschoolers from Mesa Public Schools.
- Expect More Arizona is a high expectations movement of Arizonans committed to ensuring every AZ student, from birth – career, attains a world-class education.
- Mesa Library: Mesa Public Library offers online resources just for kids. Also find services, a programming schedule and get a free library card.
- Miss Humblebee’s Academy: An award-winning, FREE online and offline curriculum that prepares children ages 2 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency.
- 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.
- Mesa Public School District – Mesa Public Schools offers a vibrant and visionary educational environment that ensures unprecedented excellence in education. As the state’s largest school district, MPS serves 64,000 preschool through 12th-grade students. Our supportive suburban community covers 200 square miles in Arizona’s extraordinary Valley of the Sun.
- VROOM – A set of tools and resources from the Bezos Family Foundation designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into brain building moments by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines.
Learn & Play
- Arizona Museum of Natural History
- City of Mesa Parks & Recreation
- i.d.e.a. Museum
- Mesa Library – Mesa Public Library offers programs, books, DVDs, and computers just for kids at our four locations. On our website, find animated, talking picture books and interactive lessons to help children get ready for kindergarten. Library cards are free to residents of Maricopa County.
- Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum – Always FREE and offers Family Art Packs for you to enjoy as you walk through the museum, we also have hands on art projects in the lobby for families.
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. http://www.mesaunitedway.org/resources/
Additional resources about child development
- FirstThingsFirst.org: A statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to prepare young children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, complete with parent resources about early childhood development.
- ZEROTOTHREE.org: The skills and behaviors you can expect from your baby at every stage from birth to 3.
- HealthyChildren.org: More on developmental stages from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- CDC.gov: Developmental milestones checklists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- PBS.org: A child development tracker for insights on the stages of growth, from PBS Parents.