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.

Schools can improve the readiness of young children by making connections with local child care providers and preschools by creating policies that ensure smooth transitions to kindergarten.  Schools must be ready to address the diverse needs of the children and families in their community and be committed to the success of every child. 




School Readiness Indicators Initiative: Birth to Three Roundtable Summary.  Theresa Hancock, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.  Click here to download this presentation.

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development.  Jack Shonkoff, M.D., The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  Click here to download this presentation.

From Indicators to Policy: A Framework and Resources for School Readiness.  Charles Bruner, Child and Family Policy Center.  Click here to download this presentation.

Smart Start: Building Brighter Futures.  Karen Ponder, North Carolina Partnership for Children.  Click here to download this presentation.

Evaluating Smart Start.  Donna Bryant, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Click here to download this presentation.

State School Readiness Policy: A Broad View.  Thabiti Anyabwile, Policy Matters, Center for the Study of Social Policy.  Click here to download this publication.




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