Kids-Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged, Determined to Learn

Community-Based Childcare Centers

Ready to Learn

Supporting and engaging childcare centers and preschools to increase school readiness

kid∙FRIENDLy Preschool Pals are connected with more than 75 private childcare centers and preschools to provide training and ongoing support.

The Pals focus their energy in five research-based areas:

  • ​Dialogic reading
  • Classroom community and print rich environment
  • Alphabet awareness
  • Personalized professional learning for center staff
  • Technical assistance in reviewing and selecting criteria

Professional learning experiences for childcare centers include:

  • ​Literacy and Thinking strategies
  • Classroom environment
  • Classroom community
  • Seven habits of highly effective students
  • Assessment screeners and use

​The preschool pals collaborate with school districts and early childhood coordinating councils at least one day a month to:

  • Present at community preschool literacy events
  • Plan with district staff and school-based FRYSC staff
  • Assist with professional learning experiences


Jamie Spugnardi
Outreach Director