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. 



Peter D. Hart Research Associates
"School Readiness: A Survey of Attitudes Among Educators"
May 14, 2003
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University of Virginia
"Going to Kindergarten: Transition Models and Practices and Quality of Classroom Settings"
May 14, 2003
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Child and Family Policy Center
"Status Report: State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network"
May 14, 2003
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Colorado Children's Campaign
CO Department of Public Health and Environment
"Improving School Readiness: Legislation, Community Outreach, Collaborations"
May 14, 2003
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Click here to download "Colorado's Blueprint for an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) System."


Center for the Study of Social Policy
"Policy Matters: A Project to Establish Evidence-based, Consensus-backed Benchmarks for State Policies"
May 15, 2003
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