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.

 








Arizona
Carol Kamin
Executive Director, Children's Action Alliance
602-266-0707
[email protected]

Dana Naimark
Deputy Director, Children's Action Alliance
602-266-0707
[email protected]

Arkansas
Kathy Stegall
Program Coordinator, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
501-682-4893
[email protected]

California
Patricia Skelton
Director of Research & Evaluation, First 5 California Children and Families Commission
916-324-7084
[email protected]

Colorado
Bruce Atchison
Executive Director, Colorado Children's Campaign
303-839-1580
[email protected]

Chris Watney
303-839-1580
[email protected]

Connecticut
Sue Wilson
Director, Early Childhood DataCONNections
860-679-1524
[email protected]

Kansas
Jim Redmon
Interim Executive Director, Children's Cabinet
and Trust Fund
785-368-7044
[email protected]

Kentucky
Kim Townley, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Early Childhood
KY Department of Education
502-564-8341
[email protected]

Maine
Jaci Holmes
Federal Liasion/Early Childhood Consultant
ME Department of Education
207-624-6669
[email protected]

Massachusetts
Phil Baimas
Director of Special Projects,
Office of Child Care Services
617-988-6600
[email protected]

Missouri
Doris Hallford
Deputy Director, MO Department of
Social Services, Children's Division
573-751-6793
[email protected]

New Hampshire
Ellen Shemitz
President, Children's Alliance
of New Hampshire
603-225-2264
[email protected]

Celina Hurley
Program Associate, Children's Alliance
of New Hampshire
603-225-2264
[email protected]

New Jersey
Cecilia Zalkind
Executive Director, Association for Children
of New Jersey
973-643-3876
[email protected]

Ohio
Sandra Miller
Director, Early Childhood Education
OH Department of Education
614-466-0224
[email protected]

Rhode Island
Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
401-351-9400,ext.12
[email protected]

Vermont
Cheryl Mitchell
Research Professor
University of Vermont
802-656-8559
[email protected]

Virginia
Suzanne Clark Johnson
President
Voices for Virginia's Children
804-649-0184, ext. 26
[email protected]

Cynthia Jones
Policy Director for Early Childhood
Voices for Virginia's Children
804-649-0184
[email protected]

Wisconsin
Martha Cranley
WisKids Count Coordinator, Wisconsin Council
on Children and Families
608-284-0580, ext. 321
[email protected]




 

 

 

 

 


       

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