Empowering families to realize their potential.

A good start can make all the difference for a child about to enter school.

That’s why we bring parents and their preschoolers together to learn side-by-side. Kids gain confidence and become independent, and their parents or caregivers learn how to support their future success in the classroom. Every day, we see light bulbs go on as new skills and ideas emerge.


“In Ready, Set, Go! I learned that I’m the first teacher of my child. I want to be the best role model I can.”


– Parent, Witchita Center RSG


Ready Set Go!


Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) is a free program designed to help transition three, four and five-year-old children* and their parents/caregivers into Kindergarten. Through Parent-Child Interaction Groups, parent workshops, and home visits – our proven curriculum is effective and fun!

Since 2006, Ready, Set, Go! has worked with children and families in the North Clackamas School District and has expanded to provide early education and parenting support to families living in the Portland Public School District as well. Our programs can be found at The Wichita Center for Family and Community, Bilquist Elementary, Lynch Wood Elementary, and Earl Boyles Elementary.

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Our Approach

  • Home visiting or individual family meetings focus on modeling pre-kindergarten, literacy skill building activities for parents and caregivers.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Groups (PCIGs) using The Creative curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum. PCIGs are simulated pre-school classes designed to increase the school readiness and literacy skills of children who will enter kindergarten in the next school year. In these groups parents practice developmentally appropriate activities with their children, practice appropriate discipline/redirecting techniques, and increase parent/child nurturing skills. The Program Coordinator will focus on increasing social/emotional, intellectual, language and physical skills of participating children.
  • Parent EducationMake Parenting a Pleasure, a 13-week, research based parent education program, and topic based kindergarten readiness workshops. MPAP focuses on increasing parenting skills for highly stressed parents of young children. Topics include communication, child development, positive discipline, and self care.
  • Kindergarten readiness workshops on topics such as early literacy and social emotional development.



Measurable Results

Ready, Set, Go helps close the achievement gap for low-income children

88% of the children who attended RSG last year were ready for kindergarten at entry.*

Improved parenting

100% of RSG parents showed an improvement of family functioning scores on the Protective Factors Survey.

Increases parental involvement

Parents attend weekly groups with their child and are directly connected with enrichment activities at the school their child will attend for kindergarten and to their community library. On average, 85% of RSG parents attend an event at their school, prior to their child entering kindergarten.

Provides cost-effective services

With an annual cost of less than $2500 per family, RSG is a cost-effective preschool readiness/parent education program.

*Get Ready to Read and Parent Involvement outcomes are measured by the Get Ready to Read Early Literacy Assessment. Children ready for kindergarten received an average or above average score on the assessment.


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Ready, Set, Go! Sites

North Clackamas School District
Contact Maria Perdomo at (503) 232-0007 x533

Bilquist Elementary
Contact Vitzah Santilli at (503) 560-7088

Wichita Center
Contact Winnie Silva at (971) 261-8691

Wood Elementary
Contact Maria Quijano at (503) 232-0007 x428

Earl Boyles Elementary
Contact Lizet Molina at (971) 401-6690

In The News

The Oregonian, September 2011 Ready, Set, Go! – Making sure that kids get the best start 


Contact Maria Perdomo at (503) 232-0007 x533