Ready for Kindergarten?

The Hamilton County Department of Education and Read 20 have worked together to develop an innovative kindergarten screening tool to determine how well a child is prepared as he/she enters kindergarten. This tool helps teachers know which skills a child already has and which ones he or she needs to learn. The screening tool is research-based and uses a holistic approach including all developmental domains: language, cognition, fine motor, gross motor and social/emotional.

Read 20 has also developed a Guide to Kindergarten Skills using the same ideas and principles as the screening tool so that parents and caregivers can learn how best to prepare 4-year-olds to make the most out of Kindergarten in Hamilton County. This guide is also available in Spanish:

Kindergarten Guide (English) 
Kindergarten Guide (Spanish)


How Do I Know If My Infant, Toddler, or Preschooler Is On Track? 

It is important to understand that most of the brain growth and development needed for success in school is accomplished BEFORE the child turns FOUR! But its never too late to start. Learn to interact with your child in ways that will increase their chances for success – Read 20 can help! Along with our community partners, we have created these handy Early Childhood Guides so parents and caregivers can figure out what to do to help their future student stay on track during the all-important early years:

Early Childhood Guide 1 – Birth to 12 Months

Early Childhood Guide 2 – 13 to 24 Months

Early Childhood Guide 3 – 25 to 36 Months

Early Childhood Guide 4 – 37 to 48 Months

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