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.
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.
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.