Kindergarten Readiness

Families are a young child’s first and most important teachers. Child care providers also play an important role in helping children learn and grow. During a child’s early years, families and child care providers can help children prepare for school and a successful future. School readiness can be achieved when children possess the skills outlined below. This checklist aligns with the PA Early Learning Standards for pre-school children. In addition to these skills, it is important for children get a head start on school by registering and attending Kindergarten. Click here to download the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist.

The Kindergarten Readiness Checklist 












































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School readiness involves more than just children. School readiness describes the capabilities of all children, their families, schools, early environments, and communities working together to best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. A child’s skills and development are strongly influenced by their families and through their interactions with other people and environments before coming to school.

Ready Children

Each child's readiness will grow and develop at different times and in different ways. A ready child is prepared socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually, consistent with the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood.

Ready Families

A ready family understands they are the most important people in a child’s life and take an active role in the child’s school readiness through direct, frequent, and positive involvement and interest in the child. Families recognize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher, through daily experiences and home environment. Home is the child’s first classroom - where all learning begins through early experiences which shape children’s lives. Families create readiness by providing steady and supportive relationships, ensuring safe and consistent environments, promoting good health, determination, and self-control, and encouraging curiosity and excitement about learning.

Ready Schools

A ready school includes early care and education, and Pre-K-12 environments. A ready school is committed to the children, families, and community it serves. A ready school welcomes children of all abilities and provides opportunities to develop confidence in their skills, knowledge and abilities. Ready early environments will include books, reading materials, drawing and art supplies, toys, and games and will have adults reading and playing with the children, and providing opportunities to explore and learn. A ready school provides a seamless transition to a high-quality learning environment by engaging families and the whole community. Ready schools are led by well-qualified teachers who recognize and positively reinforce children’s strengths and who are sensitive to cultural values and individual differences. 

Ready Communities

Ready communities work together to support children, families and schools for long term success. A ready community includes businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments. Families will have affordable access to information, services, high quality early care and education as well as early learning opportunities.



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