Improve Kindergarten Readiness
Some of the strongest evidence in education research points to the economic benefits of investing in foundational education and the educational impact of children beginning school with basic math and literacy skills. Our community’s most significant investments have been made on the “front-end” of the issue, most notably through a city sales tax funding the expansion of Pre-K education. Early childhood initiatives aim to start our children off on the right foot by preparing children for academic success through significant cognitive gains and preventing challenges that students face in later years when intervention is much more difficult and costly. In 2013, we were finally able to begin tracking kindergarten readiness. As of 2016, we’ve begun making progress toward the SA2020 goal, but not at the rate to meet it on time. The interpretation of these data is limited by geography. Since the EDI has been implemented in additional schools and school districts each year since 2012, it is difficult to trend the entirety of the population assessed since they are not consistent year-to-year. So, in order to trend these data we have chosen to monitor the 245 census tracts (of the approximately 365 Bexar County tracts) that had students assessed in the baseline year. For these tracts, there has been PROGRESS made annually but not at the rate needed to meet the 2020 goal of 30%. Children who are assessed as “Very Ready” in the top 25th percentile on four of the five domains. The domains are: Physical Health and Wellbeing, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language and Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, and General Knowledge.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 education partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Attend and participate in school board meetings.
- Run for the school board.
- Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
- Read to your kids or volunteer to read to kids through San Antonio Youth Literacy or SA Reads.
- Become an advocate for early education.
- Find resources and important milestones for children ages 0-8 at ReadyKidSA.com.
Updated December 2016