In West Virginia, school readiness refers to the process of assuring children have access to the best available resources prior to entering first grade. Available resources support children and their families, and focus on maximizing children’s holistic development from birth.Research shows that learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants, soak up words, rhymes, songs, and images. Most language acquisition occurs prior to children entering school, so it is important to provide a language-rich environment to ensure robust vocabulary development.
A child’s health is another critical aspect of school readiness. Parents, daycare providers, pediatricians, and preschool programs all play an enormous role in the timely recognition of developmental delays. A collaboration of all these efforts will help to prepare our youngest learners for school.