On November 2, 2017 Council authorized the usage of Human Services Funds to pilot the Mesa K Ready program. The program will begin in January of 2018 with 50 Mesa families with four-year-old children to test the use of technology and enrichment experiences provided by existing City facilities (Library, i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Parks and Recreation). Mesa K Ready is a community-based program to help Mesa’s parents and their 4-year-olds get ready for Kindergarten. The program is available to families that live in Mesa, plan to have their children attend kindergarten at a Mesa Public School, and are living at or below the federal poverty level. Each child will have access to a tablet and online lessons to prepare them for kindergarten.
The program kick-off event was held January 25th and 50 families have signed up to participate in the pilot running to June of 2018. The Library, i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Parks and Recreation have identified experiences for the children and their families to attend during the pilot, they include:
- Storytime at the Library
- Free admission to the Arizona Museum of Natural History
- Free admission to the i.d.e.a. Museum
- Celebrate Mesa VIP experience
- Dino Preschool Party at the Arizona Museum of Natural History
- Pachanga Pool Event at Carson Aquatic Complex
Early Learning Network
The City has been awarded grant funding from First Things First in the amount of up to $50,000 for three years to coordinate early learning services in Mesa. The network has met several times and will continue to collaborate to find ways to improve the delivery of services offered to young children and their families while working toward the goal of preparing Mesa’s youth to arrive at kindergarten prepared through coordinating existing services in Mesa.