Can a child's future be determined by age 6?
United Way Success By 6 ® has a single community imperative: Kindergarten readiness is the most important priority for individual and collective school success and the community's long-term economic health. And a simple vision: By age 6, all children are optimally safe, healthy and prepared to succeed.
A child's first years are the most important for brain development, as neurons either connect or don't, and a lifelong capacity to learn is credited. The bottom line? There's never a better time to invest in learning than the early years.
a kindergarten ready child
These indicators represent the hopes and aspirations for children as they enter kindergarten. These are not guidelines. Children develop at different rates; not every child will have all the skills mastered at school entry.
Language and literacy
- Listens to stories read to him or her
- Recognizes some letters
- Is learning to write own name
- Recognizes and says simple rhymes
Cognition and general knowledge
- Shows understanding of simple time concepts and general times of day
- Is learning to count and play number games
- Is learning to sort and classify objects by color, shape and size
- States solutions to simple problems
social and emotional preparation
- Follows simple rules and routines
- Is able to be away from parents/family without being upset
- Expresses own wants or needs
- Takes turns and shares when playing with other children
- Has the ability to focus and listen
health and physical development
- Dresses and meets toileting needs independently
- Uses pencils, crayons, scissors and paints
- Runs, skips, jumps, hops, climbs and catches