Did you know that nearly 52% of local children are not ready for kindergarten on day one? The first day of kindergarten is one both parent and child will never forget. But, how do you know if your child is ready to step foot inside a classroom on the first day? And what does it even mean to be truly ready? Taken from the Governor’s Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education, School readiness is defined as “a child entering school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success.”
Is your Child Ready?
Children are constantly learning right from birth. Their early years are the foundation for growth and development and what they learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each and every day. This is our greatest challenge as caregivers as well as our greatest opportunity! But how can parents, grandparents and caregivers support early learning to ensure their child is prepared to enter kindergarten ready to succeed?
Step One: Let's find out how prepared your child is to begin school. CLICK HERE to get started!
Step Two: Now, let's explore four easy ways that you can help make sure your child is ready on day one!
Let's log off Together!
Why is it important for kids to take a break from technology? (click below)
- What Screen Time Can Really Do To Your Kid's Brain
- Why Limit Screen Times?
- The Importance of Limiting Screen Time
- Kids and Screen Time: What Does the Research Say?
- Why to Avoid TV for Infants and Toddlers
- What You Need to Know About Babies, Toddlers, and Screen Time
How do I limit screen time for my child? (click below)
- WATCH THIS!
- How to Create a Family Media Plan
- How to Guide Your Child's Screen Time
- 50 Things to Do to Instead of Screen Time
- 10 Tips to Cut Kids' Screen Time
- More Tips for Parents to Reduce Children's 'Small-Screen' Time
- Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children
- National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0 - 5 Years
Let's Read Together!
Why is it important to read with my child? (click below)
How can I help improve my child's reading, literacy, and communication skills? (click below)
- WATCH THIS!
- Activities to Build Literacy Everyday
- Home Literacy Environment Checklist
- Developing Reading Skills: Birth Through Preschool Years
- Pre-Reading Skills: How to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read
- Infants and Toddlers: How to Read to Very Young Children
Is my child ready to read? (click below)
Let's Count Together!
Why is it important to count with my child? (click below)
- Why Counting is Important
- How Children Learn About Numbers
- The Importance of Strong Math and Number Skills
How can I help improve my child's math, counting, and number skills? (click below)
- How to Help Children Understand the Meaning of Counting
- Math Talk with Infants and Toddlers
- 5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day
- Using Everyday Objects to Teach Math
Is my child ready to count? (click below)
Let's Play Together!
Why is it important to play with my child? (click below)
- What are 'Fine Motor Skills' and Why Are They Important?
- What Are 'Gross Motor Skills' and Why Are They Important?
- More About the Role of 'Fine Motor Skills'
- Tech-Savvy Kids Can't Push a Pencil
- Preschoolers' Motor Skill Development Connected to School Readiness
How can I help prepare my child for success on Day One through play? (click below)
- How to Help Your Toddler Develop Fine Motor Skills
- How to Encourage Fine Motor Skill Development
- Play Activities to Encourage Motor Development in Child Care
Is my child ready? (click below)
Step 3: Visit your local United Way Born Learning Academy. CLICK HERE to learn more.