Studies show that educational achievement gaps already exist at Kindergarten entry.  Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills, health problems and social and emotional problems that interfere with learning.  The larger the gap at school entry, the harder it is to close.

Language proficiency is a key predictor of school success. Early literacy skills (size of vocabulary, recognizing letters, understanding letter and sound relationships) at kindergarten entry are good predictors of children's reading abilities throughout their educational careers. Language and literacy skills enable children to develop cognitive skills and knowledge and to interact effectively with peers and adults.


How can I learn more about the School Readiness Indicators Initiative?
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, the project manager, can answer most questions. Contact Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director or Catherine B. Walsh, Deputy Director.

Elizabeth Burke Bryant: [email protected]
Catherine B. Walsh: [email protected]

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

(401) 351-9400

(401) 351-1758


If you need specific information about one of our states, you should contact the state team coordinator. Click here for a list of states.


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The School Readiness Indicators Initiative is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
The 17-state initiative is managed by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT