Helping children prepare to succeed 

Child Trends has released a new research brief on school readiness that aims to answer the question: Will children be ready to succeed in school, and how best can we support their success? The information is based on Child Trends's work with state policymakers and a review of existing literature on the topic. They offer the following five "things to know":

  1. School readiness is a puzzle with multiple pieces, and families, communities, and schools all share responsibility in putting the pieces together to support children's success in school. 
  2. There are five areas of skills and development that will help young children be ready to succeed in school. These are health and physical development, social and emotional development, language and communication, approaches to learning, and cognitive development and general knowledge.
  3. It is especially important to think about high-quality early childhood experiences for children at risk of later difficulties in school. Research has shown that children from low-income families benefit from high-quality early care and education.
  4. School readiness starts at birth. Children's early experiences, particularly from birth to age five, are critical to their brain development and lifelong health.
  5. School readiness assessment should have a clear purpose and be comprehensive.
     

Johns Hopkins University 

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Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will never be hungry. What is missing above? Goal setting, Time Management and Prioritization. I read the above list in disbelief thinking when will we pass the reins of student achievement, responsibility and success over to those will will depend upon it more than any teacher or parent ever will - the students themselves. So long as we believe it is necessary to draw a line from A to B while holding hands with young adults, we need to be ready to continue to see minimum rates of change among those we are in change of helping to become productive adults.

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