Dear Friends of ReadyStart,
I am so excited to announce that as of Monday, April 11,
ReadyStart® has merged with
LaunchAbility®. ReadyStart and LaunchAbility
provide services dedicated to helping people with disabilities acquire the
skills they need to be ready for success in school
and in life. ReadyStart will operate as a division of LaunchAbility.
It is an honor to be part of this incredible combined team.
Looking at current trends in program funding, we truly feel we are entering
an environment where bigger is better. Both agencies share a commitment to the
delivery of the highest quality ECI services. The merger gives all of our
employees the advantages that come with greater scale: better training, highly
qualified experts in key positions, and efficiencies in back office and
administrative functions. More importantly, we will be able to direct a higher
percentage of total dollars to direct service which will allow us ultimately
to become even more efficient and effective in meeting the needs of the babies
and toddlers that we collectively serve.
Both LaunchAbility and ReadyStart are recognized for the quality of their
operations and service delivery. That common heritage will be enhanced with
this merger by bringing together the support strengths of both agencies.
For example, ReadyStart has exceptional expertise in billing while LaunchAbility
has extraordinary strength in fundraising. The Board of ReadyStart was
particularly struck by the opportunity to quickly bring to ReadyStart’s ECI
families the broader continuum of services developed over the years by
LaunchAbility – especially the hope of employment for people with cognitive
disabilities offered by our Supported Employment and Academy programs.
We look forward to continuing to grow our ECI program through this merger and
continue to expand the reach and impact of all our programs for people with
developmental disabilities. If you have any questions please call me at 972-991-6777
With great anticipation,