Preparing children, families, schools and communities
News & Announcements
June, 2018 – First Lady Pamela Northam announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth. Governor Northam names Chief School Readiness Officer.
In Virginia, School Readiness means preparing all children for kindergarten by supporting birth to age-five programming, including the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Early Childhood Special Education. Virginia's focus includes key classroom practices including the use of high-quality curriculum and assessment, teacher-child interactions and individualized professional development as well as strengthening family engagement. VDOE also works with other state agencies that serve young children to build a more unified birth to age-five early childhood care and education system.
Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness (PDF) describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in developing school readiness.
- Ready Children are prepared socially, personally, physically and intellectually to meet literacy, mathematics, science, history/social science and developmental standards for four-year-olds described in Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.
- Ready Families include parents and other adults who take responsibility for school readiness through direct, frequent and positive involvement with their children and by maintaining stable relationships and environments that promote healthy development and learning.
- Ready Schools provide a seamless transition to a learning environment led by skilled teachers and welcome all children with opportunities to enhance and build their skills, knowledge and abilities. More about Virginia preschools, curriculum and teacher professional development.
- Ready Communities – including businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments – support schools and families through information and access to high-quality child care and other early learning opportunities and services.
- Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds
- Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness (PDF)
The following presentations and presenter’s notes on School Readiness are suitable for use during school and community meetings to explain school readiness and the components needed to ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.
- School Readiness (PPT)
- Ready Children (PPT)
- Ready Families (PPT)
- Ready Schools (PPT)
- Ready Communities (PPT)