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.



The Chapin Hall Center for Children

The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago is a research and development center focusing on policies, practices, and programs affecting children and the families and communities in which they live.

Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development provides the latest research and policy news available to inform your work on children and families.

Pathways Mapping Initiative

The Pathways Mapping Initiative website holds extensive information, from indicators to action steps, about what communitites can do to improve School Readiness.

Child Trends

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to studying children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analyses.


Child Trends Data Bank

Child Trends Data Bank is designed to be a one-stop shop for trend data on child well-being, with over 70 indicators, and new indicators added each month. The site focuses on national data, but supplies brief descriptions and links to state, local, and international estimates when they are available. It also provides links to relevant research and government reports available on the web.


The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

This site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. Publications include America�s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.



FedStats provides national data on a broad range of issues from more than 70 federal agencies.


The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is a multidisciplinary organization for the study of young children and their families. Major research topics include factors promoting optimal outcomes for children with disabilities and those at risk for school failure, poverty and other factors affecting early childhood development, children�s health issues, family development, child care quality and its effect on development, inclusion, and issues for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.


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 National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty�s mission is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and their families.


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.



ReadyWeb is an electronic collection of resources on school readiness sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Yale Child Study Center

The Yale Child Study Center provides information and research children�s issues and offers clinical services on a broad range of children�s special health needs.



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