Superintendents and teachers have always known that children arrive at kindergarten with varying skills and abilities. And those children who arrive without the expected development are often challenged to catch up with their classmates. The Brigance kindergarten screen, now required in all 173 districts across Kentucky, indicates that nearly half of all students (more than 24,500 in 2014) enter school less than fully prepared to do kindergarten work. And yet school districts are obligated to meet the needs of all of their students. This lack of readiness for kindergarten poses a challenge for your district’s commitment to the long term academic success of students.
The task of getting more students ready for kindergarten has traditionally seemed beyond the scope of work for superintendents and school districts, but we now know that the challenge of universal kindergarten readiness is one that must be owned by the entire community.
The Superintendents’ Toolbox is designed to support your work as district leaders. It provides a basic roadmap and resources to help you better engage the early childhood community, work with families, and engage in successful partnerships that ensure children enter kindergarten prepared to learn and succeed.
On the left you will find links to content areas that we feel will help you to know the “why,” to understand your community by the numbers, and to make you aware of partnership opportunities, along with case studies that highlight those who have been able to build the strongest relationships for collaboration across the state. On each subsequent page to the right, we will provide practical resources and quick links for articles and tools you can use.
Thank you for your leadership. Together with your community you can reshape the future for many of our youngest citizens.