Ready for Learning

Ready for Learning Initiative

Help 50,000 Greater Philadelphia Area Children Get What They Need To Learn This Fall

Why sponsor Ready for Learning?

  • More than one-fifth of students are not participating in school right now—21% of students are “absentee” due to disruptions to routine and school services.
  • Families spend an average of $320 a year on back-to-school supplies. For families already pushed to limit by the COVID-19 crisis, these essentials are both inaccessible and unaffordable.
  • Cradles to Crayons serves more than 90,000 Philadelphia area children each year with high-quality everyday essentials.

The Need

School is going to look different this fall.  No matter what it looks like, student development can happen anywhere, and kids will always need supplies to feel empowered and ready to learn. Access to these essential learning supplies will require financial support. The COVID-19 pandemic is palpable — 55% of low-wage workers with young children reported someone in the household had been laid off since March 2020. As families struggle to afford necessities like food and rent, spending an average of $320 a year on school supplies is unrealistic, and unaffordable for those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. 

Our Response

As part of Cradles to Crayons’ on-going COVID-19 emergency relief efforts, our Ready for Learning initiative will ensure that 30,000 children in the Greater Philadelphia Region will have everything that they need to feel ready to learn this fall by distributing critical learning supplies through our network of social service partners. We believe that learning should be accessible to all children—no matter what.  Please help us fill this critical need. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this program. Please see below to learn how to get your company involved.

Support This Initiative 

Get your company involved

Corporate partners are critical to the success of this program. We welcome the opportunity to work together on customizing a Ready for Learning partnership to meet your company’s social responsibility goals.  Cradles to Crayons looks forward to engaging you in these high-impact opportunities to give back.

Contact Molly Boyd, Manager of Corporate Engagement at or 215-853-6204 for more information, or to discuss how your organization can get involved in our Ready for Learning initiative.

Make a donation 

Cradles to Crayons needs your support to help get thousands of local children prepared to learn and dressed for success! Just $33 will provide one child with a complete KidPack full of head-to-toe essentials: clothing, shoes, lightweight jacket, books, and a backpack full of new school supplies. 

2021 Ready for Learning
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A message from Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Bank Mid-Atlantic Region

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