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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Key elements that comprise a child's school readiness.
Barriers children face in being prepared for, transitioning to, kindergarten.
Questions that funders should ask to address barriers to school readiness.
How funders can support early childhood education programs and services.
Research shows that children’s failure in school is due in part to gaps in school readiness. This discussion guide outlines ways to support nonprofits that provide early childhood education programs and services – especially those that focus on school readiness and transitions to kindergarten. This help better prepares children for success in school and helps eliminate disparities.
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Preparing Kindergartners to Learn
Failure in school is due in part to gaps in school readiness before children transition to kindergarten. Investing in nonprofits that provide early childhood education programs and services can prepare children for success in school, and life. At the same time, funders can help address economic, racial and ethnic disparities, as well as access to quality child care, health care and education.
Findings & Stats
Nearly half of children have moderate or serious problems transitioning into kindergarten.
Kindergarten teachers receive little training in smoothing children’s transition to kindergarten.
Investment in kindergarten transition camps can support children who don't attend preschool.
Funding for interpreters supports outreach activities among non-English speaking immigrant families.
Health and Nutrition
Funders can support nutrition programs that educate child care workers and parents on good food choices.
Statements & Quotations
Research shows that as much as half of school failure may be due to gaps in school readiness even before children transition to kindergarten.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela
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