Clear development goals, family engagement in the learning process, and strong home-to-school partnership all contribute to early learning development and kindergarten readiness. Creating a shared understanding of a child’s developmental and academic expectations ensures consistency between home and preschool. The U.S. Department of Education has identified 5 Essential Domains of School Readiness for children:
- Language and Literacy Development
- Cognition and General Knowledge (including early mathematics and early scientific development)
- Approaches Toward Learning
- Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
- Social and Emotional Development
Aligning pre-kindergarten expectations to these five school readiness domains ensures that parents and families clearly understand both what their children should be learning, as well as how to monitor and support progress along the way. Working together, families and preschools can create rich educational environments in which all young children thrive.