Assessing Kindergarten Readiness in Arizona

| July 29, 2015

By Dr. Karen Ortiz, vice president and program director, Early Grade Success • Helios Education Foundation

In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. Ensuring young children have access to high quality early learning environments, regardless of race, income or geography, provides many proven individual and societal benefits. Helios is committed to strengthening early childhood systems to promote language acquisition and emergent literacy for children, birth through age 8, in order to help ensure more children in Arizona and Florida enter kindergarten prepared to succeed which we believe lays the foundation for them to read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Ensuring that children enter kindergarten ready to succeed is one of the most pressing issues for early childhood educators. It is a complex issue and there is significant research on the definition of school readiness and how to provide the supports necessary to address the needs of children who develop at different rates and in different ways. In addition, research also suggests that the concept of readiness includes much more than children’s readiness.

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