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Ready to Learn

Listing Last Update: November 13, 2015


500 S. Broad St
Mankato, MN 56001

Primary Contact

Kelli Damlo

(507) 345-4629 Ext:2182

Educational services

  • To help my child learn

Program Overview

Ready to Learn (R2L) is an early-childhood education program that helps immigrant and refugee parents prepare their young children to be ready to learn as they enter kindergarten and to succeed in school. R2L outreach workers and volunteers visit families homes to work with parents and children, birth to age five, to prepare the children to enter kindergarten "ready to learn". R2L promotes learning in both directions- for new
immigrants to succeed in their new community, and for long-standing community members to learn about the immigrant experience, gifts and talents they bring. R2L helps parents understand the school system, how to interact with it as a parent, and the importance of education for their children.

R2L provides weekly home visits to families September through May and a summer program that brings families together in local parks for educational activities.They also help the moms understand the school system, how to interact with it as a parent, and the importance of education to their children. Ready to Learn utilizes the Growing Great Kids curriculum for children birth-5 as well as the Ages and Stages Questionnaires for development and social/emotional screening.

Mission Statement

The YWCA Mankato is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Cost info: There are no fees associated with Ready to Learn for immigrant and refugee families.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"...Underneath race, culture and socioeconomic status we are all human beings with so much importance and value in this world." -Ready to Learn Volunteer

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Ready to Learn serves immigrant and refugee families from all over the world living here in greater Mankato! Currently families participating in the program are from Iraq, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, North Sudan, Rwanda and other countries. Participants, staff and volunteers coming from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

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