Preparing for Kindergarten

What Does School Readiness Look Like?

In Kentucky, families, schools, communities, and the Commonwealth work together to ensure children possess the foundation to succeed in school.


  • Need a general knowledge and curiosity of the world, things, events, and people
  • Must be routinely and appropriately exposed to print
  • Require experiences with developmentally appropriate hands-on learning
  • Should consistently demonstrate motivation and engagement with learning tasks
  • Must have reoccurring experiences in the arts including music, visual art, and dramatic play
  • Should possess effective social, emotional, and interpersonal skills
  • Need socialization to group norms, such as those expected in the school and classroom setting
  • Must have developed the ability to communicate effectively
  • Require any physical or health barriers to be addressed including screening and correction for vision, hearing, and other health-related issues


  • Understand they are their child’s first teacher, nurturing and stimulating their child’s development
  • Provide safe and financially stable homes
  • Should possess wellness awareness, including nutrition and exercise
  • Know how to access information on how to advocate for their child’s learning and development

Professionals & Schools:

  • Expect all children to achieve at high levels
  • Ensure qualified and competent educators that are trained to work with young children in early childhood settings
  • Support appropriate professional development for high-quality teachers
  • Ensure effective transitions at all key points to include age group to age group, home to school, childcare to school, and preschool to kindergarten
  • Provide developmentally appropriate classrooms and programs, including primary programs
  • Emphasize effective parent/family involvement
  • Assist childcare providers with training and implementation of “Building a Strong Foundation for School Success” including the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards
  • Ensure preschool and kindergarten teachers collaborate and mentor with childcare programs and staff


  • Provide opportunities for access to high quality, affordable early care and education programs
  • Ensure opportunities for safe and healthy environments for families
  • Ensure access to prevention and intervention services
  • Provide opportunities for lifelong learning for parents
  • Provide opportunities for access to wrap-around childcare services for working parents
  • Collaborate with and align agencies to better prepare children for school readiness. Agencies include:
    • Head Start programs
    • Universities and colleges
    • Local Early Childhood Councils
    • School districts
    • Preschool teachers
    • Kindergarten teachers
    • Family Resource Centers
    • Special Education
    • Public Libraries
    • Local Chamber of Commerce