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Ready Schools Program Grant Application Now Available

The Ready Schools Grant, funded through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund (RTTT), is designed to support school districts and/or schools across the state who would like to serve as regional leaders for the school readiness work, beyond the funding support of RTTT (SY 2017-18). The focus of funding for this grant is to enhance and improve kindergarten programming, though other grade levels within the P-3 continuum may benefit from attending relevant, early childhood professional development activities.

CDE and School Readiness are now accepting applications for the Ready Schools Grant. The full Ready Schools Grant can be viewed and printed here. The required cover pages can be viewed and downloaded here. You can download the Ready Schools Grant budget here.

With everyone just back to school, we've had questions about missing the Letter of Intent deadline. To help with our planning for reviewing submissions, please submit your Letter of Intent (even past the deadline). You will find the link for this letter here;

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 7, 2016.

To learn more about the Ready Schools Grant visit

State Board Approved MOU with Teaching Strategies® Regarding The Use of GOLD® for Kindergarten School Readiness

The Colorado State Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teaching Strategies® regarding the use of GOLD® for kindergarten school readiness assessment in 2015. In order to implement the MOU, all kindergarten programs planning to use GOLD® in SY 2016-17 will move onto the expanded Birth-3rd grade platform (2.0) in SY 2016-17. While the platform allows for teachers to utilize the tool up through 3rd grade, there is no state requirement to use the tool beyond kindergarten. The MOU does not apply to preschool programs using GOLD®. The MOU accomplishes the following objectives:

  1. It streamlines the assessment process for kindergarten teachers by reducing the number of assessment items in the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) used to measure children's knowledge and skills at kindergarten entry (reduced items highlighted yellow),
  2. It creates even greater levels of data privacy for kindergarten students through additional privacy safeguards when using the assessment.

Reminder:Parent Guardian Permissions for Videos and Pictures in Teaching Strategies GOLD

As the new school year approaches, districts are reminded to obtain explicit, individual written parental/guardian consent for the use of photos and videos in Teaching Strategies GOLD™ in kindergarten. In December 2015, the Colorado State Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teaching Strategies® regarding the use of the GOLD assessment for kindergarten school readiness. As part of the MOU, additional privacy safeguards when implementing the assessment tool are in place to ensure even greater levels of student data privacy.


New Teaching Strategies GOLD Town Hall Webinar

Watch the webinar, recorded on April 27th, that discusses the changes and updates made to the Birth-3rd grade platform for SY 2016-17.

Early Childhood Assessment

We recently migrated information related to Early Childhood Assessment to a new location. Please visit the P-3 Education section or click the link above to access Early Childhood Assessment information.

SY 2016-2017 School Readiness Portfolio Reimbursement and Teaching Strategies® GOLD® Credit Information

Districts will receive information regarding their specific kindergarten student portfolio credit directly from Teaching Strategies® in May for budget planning purposes. Read the timeline and process for districts who wish to request reimbursement for kindergarten school readiness assessment portfolios or apply for first-time funds. For questions, please contact Emily Kielmeyer, Kindergarten and School Readiness Manager via email at


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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.

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