Ready to Grow…Ready to Learn…Ready to Succeed
In Kentucky, school readiness means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning
experiences that best promote the child’s success.
Families, early care and education providers, school staff, and community partners must work together to provide environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children in Kentucky enter school eager and excited to learn.
The five developmental areas for school readiness are:Approaches to learning; Health and physical well being; Language and communication development; .Social and emotional development; and Cognitive and general knowledge
The purpose of this definition is to give parents, child care and preschool providers, and communities an overview of the expectations of primary schools for incoming students and provide guidance to families and communities on how to prepare children for school. In addition, a readiness profile provides teachers, child care providers, and parents a tool to better inform them on the specific strengths and needs of each individual child. These indicators represent the hopes and aspirations for incoming students, not the expectations. Children develop at different rates, not every child will have mastered all of the skills and behaviors listed below at the beginning of a primary program.
Health and Physical Well-Being
Eats a balanced diet
Gets plenty of rest
Receives regular medical and dental care
Has had all necessary immunizations
Can run, jump, climb, and does other activities that help develop large muscles and provide exercise
Uses pencils, crayons, scissors, and paints and does other activities that help develop small muscles
Emotional and Social Preparation
Follows simple rules and routines
Is able to express his or her own needs and wants
Is curious and motivated to learn
Is learning to explore and try new things
Has many opportunities to be with other children and is learning to play and share with others
Is able to be away from parents/family without being upset
Is able to work well alone
Has the ability to focus and listen
Language, Math and General Knowledge
Uses 5-6 word sentences
Sings simple songs
Recognizes and says simple rhymes
Is learning to write her name and address
Is learning to count and plays counting games
Is learning to identify and name shapes and colors
Has opportunities to listen to and make music and to dance
Knows the difference between print and pictures
Listens to stories read to them
Has opportunities to notice similarities and differences
Is encouraged to ask questions
Has his television viewing monitored by an adult
Understands simple concepts of time (night and day, today, yesterday, tomorrow)
Is learning to sort and classify objects
*These school readiness skills and behaviors are not to be used to determine school eligibility; all children who meet the legal age requirement are entitled to public school.
**These school readiness skills and behaviors are aligned to Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and are designed to be used with the KIDS NOW Early Childhood Parent Guide and were adapted from the Final Report of the National Governors Association Task Force on School Readiness, the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners in Education Kindergarten Readiness pamphlet, the United States Department of Education School Readiness Checklist, the Maryland Model of School Readiness, and the School Readiness in North Carolina Report to the North Carolina State Board of Education.