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5/5/2014

Kindergarten Readiness Is More Than Academic


A recent newspaper headline heralded budget meetings between the Shelby County Board of Commissioners and Shelby County Schools officials, but the real headline for us was at the bottom of the story: Board Chairman Kevin Woods said “67% of our children entering kindergarten are not performing at grade level.” He also said 60% of third graders cannot read on grade level and 62% of seventh graders perform poorly in math. 

It was a compelling reminder about how a child’s early experiences – beginning long before school entry – play a role in preparing him for kindergarten. Woods’ comment also underlined the fact that once children fall behind, it’s likely they may not catch up.  Read more.

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