School Readiness Goal:

Children enter Kindergarten with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school


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Why School Readiness Matters

School readiness is generally understood as children entering kindergarten with the social, emotional and academic skills needed to learn in an elementary school environment. School readiness starts from the first day of life. Talking with young children and reading books to them greatly impacts their ability to learn in the future. Research shows that children living in low income households are likely to reach their third birthday having been exposed to 30,000,000 fewer words than three-year-olds from more affluent families. 61 percent of children from low income households have no children’s books available in their homes. It is also commonly understood that high quality early care and education through preschool and childcare allow children experiences and opportunities that support school readiness.















School Readiness Challenges in Stanislaus County


Lack of Data

Lack of Data In Stanislaus County, ‘school readiness’ is not defined or assessed as a universal benchmark—assessment approaches are inconsistent across classrooms, schools, and school districts. Where assessment data is available, it is not consistently and meaningfully shared between preschool and Kindergarten.


Limited Access to Books

Access to books and exposure to literacy enhancing language are also a concern in Stanislaus County.


Barriers to Early Learning

Another challenge to effecting school readiness is the limited access to quality children’s preschool programs.

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School Readiness Strategies


Track School Readiness Data

Integrate Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile (KSEP) as a universal school readiness tool across Head Start, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten at five pilot schools.

Increase Access to Books

Increase children’s access to books in early years by expanding Imagination Library, a free book distribution program for families, to five pilot schools.

Professional Development

Increase professional development of early learning & child care providers on literacy.

Align Efforts

Encourage pediatricians and other healthcare providers to incorporate a literacy promotion program within their practice.

Community Awareness

Create a culture of early literacy among parents and community members through a comprehensive community awareness campaign.