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.



Child Welfare League of America

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is an association of more than 1,100 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.


The Children�s Defense Fund

The mission of the Children�s Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind� and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, Head Start, Fair Start, Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides information and advocacy on a wide range of children�s issues.


Family Voices

Families Voices is comprised of families from throughout the United States who have children with special health needs as well as caregivers, professionals, and friends whose lives have been touched by these children and their families.


The Future of Children

The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.



KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.


The Ounce of Prevention Fund

The Ounce of Prevention Fund invests in the healthy development of infants, children, adolescents and families through an innovative cycle of program implementation, research, training, policy analysis and advocacy in order to prevent physical, social and emotional problems later in life.


Voices for America's Children

Voices for America's Children (formerly the National Association of Child Advocates, or NACA) is devoted to building the capacity of state and local child advocacy organizations.


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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