Here at Best Beginnings, our whole mission – our whole organization – is devoted to ensuring children are ready for school. But there is so much research, data, and advice specifically on the subject of kindergarten readiness that we are providing this page to help gather the information – much of it already on this website – for your use. Some is specifically pertinent to parents and families, some relates more to policy and data. We hope you find it helpful.
Items are organized by the following topics:
- Alaska Kindergartners: Assessment methods and data
- National standards of kindergarten readiness
- What you can do to help your child
- Advice from kindergarten teachers
- Online resources
Alaska Kindergartners: Assessment methods and data
- New statistic raises important questions May 21, 2013
- Kindergartners: State of the State, Alaska Developmental Profiles
- Juneau booming in kindergarten readiness Feb. 26, 2012
National standards of kindergarten readiness
- Developing Kindergarten Readiness and Other Large-Scale Assessment Systems: Necessary Considerations in the Assessment of Young Children – Over the past few years, interest in assessing children as they enter kindergarten has gained momentum in states. The Center for Applied Research at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed this guidance to support states’ development and implementation of kindergarten readiness assessment systems.
- What does “ready for school” mean? Is there a definitive set of criteria that determines whether a child is ready to enter school? Should there be? Prepared for Kindergarten: What Does “Readiness” Mean? and the NAEYC’s Where We Stand on School Readiness explore what we know about readiness and how it may be improved.
- Child Trends’ A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States outlines key policy considerations for developing and utilizing school readiness assessments at the state level. Researchers analyzed state approaches to school readiness assessments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOTE: Alaska is featured in this report as one of only seven states to administer a school readiness assessment to children upon school entry to monitor statewide readiness. View summary »
What you can do to help your child
- Is Your Family Kindergarten Ready? In a sense, a kindergarten-ready child is a reflection of a kindergarten-ready family. The Urban Child Institute provides both supporting research and practical steps for families.
- I am ready! a lively brochure from the Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development, outlines what’s expected by kindergarten and how you can help prepare your child.
- When kindergarten looms (Abbe Hensley’s blog) May 16, 2012
- Ready for school, revisited (Abbe Hensley’s blog) Nov. 12, 2011
- Is your child ready? (Abbe Hensley’s blog) May 15, 2009
- Kindergarten: Ready or Not?, appearing in Alaska Baby & Child Magazine, highlights recommendations from Alaska early child professionals.
- Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson is the last book children enrolled in Imagination Library receive, upon turning 5. To make the most of the book with extra activities for your child, check out the Activity Sheet.
Advice from kindergarten teachers
- Formula for kindergarten success (Abbe Hensley’s blog) July 14, 2011
- Here Comes Kindergarten, written by kindergarten teacher Francie Alexander for Scholastic Parents, provides five recommendations for helping prepare children for school.
- Ready for Kindergarten? On the Scholastic Parents website, five teachers tell you what preschoolers really need for next year.
- Count Down to Kindergarten from Scholastic.com is a collection of resources for kindergarten readiness, covering everything from when to start kindergarten and how to prepare children to choosing a program and teacher.
- Getting School Ready A free guide for parents, families and caregivers. Read more or download the booklets, available in Cambodian, Chinese, English, Korean, Ormoro (audio only), Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- The Children’s Reading Foundation In addition to information for families, a simple checklist of Targets for Kindergarten is available.
- Urban Child Institute Another checklist of what children should know before entering kindergarten.