School Readiness

Nearly half of Idaho children entering Kindergarten cannot identify more than 11 letters in the alphabet – that puts us last in the country for this readiness benchmark. Kindergarten teachers will tell you that they see too many children who have never held a pair of scissors or a crayon before entering the classroom. 

  • When children start off behind their peers academically, they are more likely to stay behind. (1) School readiness must include physical, cognitive, social and emotional competence as well as a positive attitude toward learning. When families have access to resources that give their children the nurturing relationships and experiences that promote school readiness, it positively impacts the entire education system. 
  • High-quality early education programs provide the foundation for school readiness.
  • All families of young children need access to age-appropriate, high-quality early learning that will give their children the nurturing relationships and experiences that promote school readiness. (2) 
  • Children who are socially, emotionally and academically unprepared for kindergarten burden the resources of the entire system. (3)