School Readiness refers to the field within Early Childhood Education that prepares children, aged 2¾ to 6, to participate in and derive maximum benefit from kindergarten, laying the foundation for continuous success in school. School Readiness programs address language development, cognitive skills, general knowledge, approaches to learning, and social and emotional skills.
Source: Root Cause
While there are a variety of ways to prepare at-risk children for school, research shows that the best approach is a center-based program that includes:
Program access, quality, and impact are the most important indicators in measuring the school readiness gap for at-risk children. Data for these indicators is not currently available, making it impossible to track long-term progress on the issue.
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