What do we do?

Everybody Ready provides an administrative and fiscal infrastructure that enhances the coordination and expansion of quality Early Childhood services, along with program development and implementation in Wayne County.

Who are we?

Board of Directors:

John Colina - President, Colina Foundation
Nancy Colina - Vice President, Colina Foundation
Karen Wilson Smithbauer - Treasurer, Karen Colina Wilson Foundation
Sue Pilon - Secretary, Downriver Community Conference
Dr. Randy Liepa – Superintendent of Schools, Wayne RESA
Lisa Rutledge - Project Specialist Western Wayne Family Health Centers
Veronica Ruell – Senior Vice-President, Regional Manager, PNC Bank
George Waters - Retired Educator                                                                                                                                                                               Amal Berry Brown - Maktoub Strategies, LLC
Ed Smith – Financial Professional, Prudential - The Great Lakes Agency


Kathleen Alessandro - Executive Director Everybody Ready
Laketa Thompson - Accounting Associate

History of Organization

In 1999, a state summit was held under the name "Ready to Learn".  A major goal was to encourage efforts to assure that children 0-5 would be a priority for both the public and private sectors   Regional Summits were formed and the Colina Foundation continued to keep the focus on Early Childhood in Wayne County.

In April of 2001, with the support of the Colina Foundation, a non-profit organization, specifically focused on Early Childhood development was formed.  EVERYBODY READY received 501c (3) status in December of 2001.

EVERYBODY READY managed a speakers’ bureau focused on early childhood development. This initiative increased public and private sector awareness of the long term value of quality services, activities and programs for children age 0-5.

EVERYBODY READY secured grant funding in 2006 as part of the State of Michigan’s Great Start initiative. EVERYBODY READY has provided ongoing in-kind support for the Great Start Collaborative –Wayne for the past decade.  

EVERYBODY READY now serves as the fiscal, administrative and programmatic agent for the Great Start Collaborative-Wayne through funding from the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start through Wayne RESA.   The Collaborative meets quarterly and has over 50 community leaders who are committed to building and maintaining a comprehensive high quality Early Childhood system in Wayne County, Michigan.   

EVERYBODY READY has received additional public and private grants from: the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; St. John Mission Grant; Delta Dental Foundation; Comcast; Women’s Caring Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation; Development Centers; Detroit Institute for Population Health; the Ford Motor Company, United Way for Southeastern Michigan; Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Oakland Schools.

The 990 returns for  2013 and 2014 are below.

FY 2013 990 Return

FY 2014 990 Return