Every Child is School Ready
Every Child is School Ready
The number of births to women who initiated prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy (before 13 weeks gestation), expressed as a percentage of all live births.
The number of babies born with low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds) expressed as a percentage of all live births.
The number of children eligible for kindergarten in the following school year who are enrolled in publicly funded prekindergarten programs, expressed as a percentage of all 4-year-olds.
The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) is a tool used to assess classroom quality in 7 areas: space and furnishings, personal care routines, language-reasoning, activities, interactions, program structure, and parents and staff. Trained, independent observers rate classrooms on a 7-point scale, where 1 is inadequate and 7 is exceptional. A score of 5 is considered good and 6 is very good.
The CLASS tool is used to measure the effectiveness of teacher or caregiver interactions with students. Trained observers assess three primary domains: emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support. Within each of these domains, teachers' behavior is scored on a 7-point scale, where 1 indicates a desired behavior was not often observed and 7 indicates the behavior was prevalent.
The Brigance Early Childhood Screen II is a tool to identify strengths and weaknesses in children in six domains: language development, literacy, math, science, social and emotional development, physical health and development, and approaches to learning. The Brigance helps identify children with delays, those who are developing at a typical rate and those who are advanced in their development.
The Child Observation Record (COR) Advantage is an instrument used to assess children's development in several areas. Children are scored on a 1-5 scale, and those scoring at least 3.75 in each area and 4.0 overall are considered ready for kindergarten. The areas are: approaches to learning; social emotional development; physical development and health; language, literacy and communication; mathematics; creative arts; science and technology; and social studies.
The Teacher-Child Rating Scale is used by teachers to measure the social and emotional behaviors of pre-kindergarten students. After at least four weeks of teacher observation, children are evaluated in four domains: task orientation, behavior control, assertiveness, and peer social skills.
The share of parents of children entering kindergarten reporting on several key aspects of home environment. These include whether children are read to daily, and how much television they watch and screen time they have. For television and screen time, the share of parents saying their children have 2 hours or less per day is reported. Screen time includes television, computer, or video games.