KEY ISSUES

School Readiness

School readiness is a key way to measure the success of early care and education programs and resulting student wellness and success. High-quality environments, experiences and supports ahead of kindergarten have been linked with a multitude of positive benefits, including reading and math achievement.  

To support equitable opportunities and outcomes, state policymakers can use the resources below to assess early care and education governance structures, search trends in state legislation, and find key strategies to support students and the workforce.  

RESEARCH


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach school readiness policies.

REPORT


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on school readiness issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for school readiness.

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Policies that expand access to high-quality medical care and early childhood programs provide important benefits to children and families, such as improved literacy and numeracy skills and executive function at kindergarten entry and beyond.

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Heading into 2021 sessions, states still have plenty to figure out regarding assessment, program funding, learning loss and the digital divides (plus more) all while balancing budgets.

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Systems-thinking may provide a means to mitigate the unprecedented challenges of unemployment, social isolation and an unstable economy.

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For most children in the U.S., who spend an average of 25 hours per week in nonparental care, much of this growth and development is nurtured by the early childhood workforce, including child care workers, preschool teachers and aides.

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COUNSEL


State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on school readiness.

Early Education Integrated Data Systems

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