The Office of Head Start (OHS) defines school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life.
United CAP has established School Readiness Goals in five areas:
- Language and Literacy
- Approaches to Learning
- Cognition/Early Math
- Physical Development
Head Start school readiness goals
- Regulate their own emotions and behaviors by delaying gratification, managing rules and routines, and demonstrating confidence in meeting their own needs.
- Establish and sustain positive relationships by engaging with trusted adults, identifying emotional reactions of others, sustaining positive interactions with a small group of peers, and establishing a special friendship with another child.
- Participate cooperatively and constructively in group situations through sharing and suggesting solutions to social problems.
- Understand increasingly complex language by responding appropriately to vocabulary and following directions with two or more steps.
- Use language to express their wants and needs by describing objects, using four or more word sentences, and telling stories with detail and logical sequences.
- Use appropriate communication and conversational skills by engaging in conversations with at least three exchanges using acceptable language rules.
- Demonstrate phonological awareness skills by rhyming words, showing awareness of words that begin with the same sound, and separating syllables in words.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the alphabet by identifying 10 or more letters of the alphabet and producing the correct sounds for 10 or more letters.
- Demonstrate knowledge of print by knowing features of books and print.
- Comprehend and respond to books and other texts by asking and answering text questions, reciting language that closely matches text, and accurately retelling stories.
- Demonstrate emergent writing skills by accurately printing name and using early invented spelling.
- Plan, pursue, sustain, and complete work on appropriate and interesting tasks.
- Show creativity, eagerness and interest in learning about and interacting with variety of topics and ideas.
- Verbally count 10 or more objects, make sets of objects and describe the parts, and identify numerals to 10.
- Respond appropriately to positional words and identify and describe basic shapes.
- Use everyday math for measuring and creating patterns.
- Use scientific inquiry skills, make predictions, conduct investigations, draw conclusions, demonstrate knowledge of living things and the environment, and discuss properties of materials and transformation of substances.
- Demonstrate control of large muscles for movement, balance, and gross motor manipulation
- Control small muscles for holding and manipulating writing tools, and successfully use refined wrist and finger movements.
- Successfully demonstrate appropriate health, nutrition and safety habits
Early Head Start School Readiness goals
Infants and toddlers will:
- Express, manage, and recognize a variety of emotions with support, and demonstrates how to connect with others to develop a sense of belonging.
- Develop and engage in positive relationships with adults.
- Show interest and engage in play with other children.
- Learn from, respond to, and understand communication from others.
- Communicate non-verbally and verbally to express needs, engage with others, converse, and gain information.
- Show interest in rhymes or phrases from familiar songs or rhymes.
- Engage with stories and books and begin to learn and demonstrate how print works.
- Explore writing materials.
- Demonstrate persistence in learning and discovery.
- Demonstrate interest, curiosity and eagerness in exploring the world around them.
- Develop sense of quantity, use spatial awareness, and understand same and different.
- Use senses to investigate the environment to discover what objects and people do, how things work, and how they can make things happen.
- Begin to develop and demonstrate the ability to remember and connect new and known experiences and information.
- Demonstrate control and use of large muscles and body awareness for movement, navigation, balance and exploration.
- Control small muscles for coordinating eye/hand movements, exploring, and using tools.
- Demonstrate and develop interest in healthy and safe habits while exploring.
- Use perceptual information in understanding objects and directing experiences.