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School Readiness

Preparing Colorado's Children

CDE and School Readiness promote a start early approach to school. With a strong, early start Colorado children will be more likely to continually succeed in school. School Readiness supports teachers’ ability to create responsive learning environments that ensure academic and developmental growth for students. This includes promoting awareness of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) that supports hands-on learning experiences and challenges students’ thinking.

To do this, school readiness assessments are used on an ongoing basis to measure children’s growth. Information collected through the assessments provides teachers with targeted instruction opportunities for individual students and small groups of students, thereby strengthening the learning environment for students.

News and Announcements

  • Preschool-Kindergarten Transitions: In partnership with the National P-3 Center, the Preschool-Third Grade Office hosted an opportunity specifically focused on the impact of COVID on transitions in preschool and Kindergarten. View the recording of the session.
  • The State Board of Education voted to provide named domains as part of the Kindergarten School Readiness data collection and reporting on March 11, 2020. CDE has gained approval to implement this change for the Fall 2021-2022 school year. For more information, view the KSR update powerpoint slides.
  • Improvement Planning and Early Learning guidance and documents are now available.

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