Kindergarten readiness….Is it different for students in poverty?

Kindergarten readiness might be more important than you think. Find out how you can encourage your child’s development and school success.

Read what others are saying about how poverty influences your child’s development in kindergarten.

KindergartenYour child is old enough to start kindergarten — but is he or she ready? Recognize the factors that might affect your child’s kindergarten readiness and what you can do to help him or her succeed in school.

Why is kindergarten readiness important?

Kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education. A child’s first school experiences can influence the way he or she relates to others for the rest of life. For example, success or failure at this stage can affect a child’s well-being, self-esteem, and motivation. As a result, it’s important to make sure that when your child begins school he or she is developmentally ready to learn and participate in classroom activities.

How can I tell if my child is ready for kindergarten?Children waving to school bus

Most schools use cutoff dates — deadlines by which a child must be a certain age — to determine who’s eligible for a kindergarten class. Typically, a child must be age 5 before entering kindergarten. Age, however, isn’t the only way to measure a child’s kindergarten readiness.

 

Your child is old enough to start kindergarten — but
is he or she ready? Recognize the factors that might affect your child’s kindergarten readiness and what you can do to help him or her succeed in school.

 

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