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.

 







 

Starting school is a big step.  Make sure that step is in the right direction by helping children acquire the skills they need to be successful.  The Arkansas School Readiness Committee has identified 38 indicators that will help get a child's educational experiences off to a good start.  Click here to view Kindergarten Readiness Indicators .

 


Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families: Publications
www.aradvocates.org/publications


 


Arkansas Department of Eduaction Report on the Activities and Findings of ACT 1552 to the Interim House and Senate Committees on Education (Kindergarten Assessment Guidelines) (2002). Little Rock, AR: AR Department of Education.

Click here to download this publication (Word format).


 


Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education
www.accessarkansas.org/childcare


 


Children and Child Care Issues in Arkansas 2002 (2002). Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock and AR Department of Human Services.

Click here to order this publication.


 


Early Care and Education in Arkansas: A Report of the Arkansas Better Chance Evaluation/Restructuring Task Force (February 2002). Little Rock, AR: AR Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

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Early Childhood Initiatives (April 2002). Little Rock, AR: AR Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

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The Economics of Education: Public Benefits of High-Quality Preschool Education for Low-Income Children. Jerrold Oppenheim and Theo MacGregor. Developed for Entergy.

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Visit www.arheadstart.org to read publications about Arkansas' HeadStart programs.
 
Risk Factors for Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse (2002).
Click here to read this publication.
 
 

       

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