As families struggle to cope with the concept of social distancing in response to the threat of COVID-19, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced the launch of Ready4K in the USVI. Developed by educational researchers, this text-based family engagement curriculum promotes child development from birth to fourth grade.

According to CFVI President Dee Baecher-Brown, the launch of the program has been in the works for several months. Before moving ahead, the foundation wanted to check in with community partners such as early childhood care and education service providers and physicians to enlist their assistance in enrolling parents and encouraging school and center-based engagement with the platform, which is now an effective tool for Virgin Islands families during the coronavirus outbreak.