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Colorado Kindergarten and School Readiness
Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Timeline (2022) (PDF)
This resource provides a quick overview of the kindergarten school readiness assessment timeline.
Kindergarten School Readiness Guide (2022)
The purpose of this guide is to support the implementation of kindergarten school readiness as it pertains to statutory requirements in Colorado. Specifically, this guide is intended for those who are new to school readiness or new to school readiness in Colorado. This guide addresses the essential requirements and some best practices but is not intended to be the sole resource to implementing school readiness.
Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids Legislative Report (2023)(PDF)
Pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1019(2), the Colorado Department of Education is required to provide annual reports related to the provisions of CAP4K, including the results achieved through the implementation of school readiness. This report details the results of the Fall 2022 statewide kindergarten school readiness aggregate data collection.
Kindergarten Bridge Program (2021)(PDF)
This resource provides a quick, research-based reference that outlines specific core features of summer learning while specifically relating these to supporting incoming kindergartners and their families.
- Kindergarten Enrollment: Policy, Research, and Resources (2021)(PDF)
This brief discusses key policy and research as a resource for districts in engaging in dialogue with families on enrollment and entry decisions. If you would like a full copy, including summaries and considerations from the research, please feel free to contact us.
- State of Kindergarten Report February 2021 (PDF)
School disruptions and transitions between learning environments during the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 academic years have alerted researchers, educators, and policy makers to the impact of these disruptions on school readiness and student learning. The intent of this report is to provide current information on kindergarten to aide in informing the resources necessary to meet the continuum of needs now and in preparation for the coming academic year. This report analyzes available statewide data in kindergarten. Specifically, this report reviews 2020-2021 enrollment, student performance data, and teacher professional development data specific to kindergarten.
- Kindergarten Transition Resources (2022)
This collection of kindergarten transition resources have been curated by the P-3 office to assist school districts and other partners in preparing for the kindergarten transition process.
- High-Quality Early Childhood Assessment: Learning from States' Use of Kindergarten Entry Assessments, Learning Policy Institute
This report summaries research on high-quality early childhood assessment specific to kindergarten entry assessments and provides recommendations on the selection and implementation of assessments that support instruction and inform policy.
- The Power of K: 10 Policies Leading to Positive Child Outcomes, The National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
This position paper asserts 10 policies that promote and support learning in kindergarten.
- Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?, EdPolicyWorks University of Virginia
This research paper compares kindergarten classrooms in 1998 and 2010 focusing specifically on teachers' beliefs about school readiness, time spent on academic and non-academic content, classroom organization, pedagogical approach, and use of standardized assessments.
- Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group, Harvard
This website provides recent publications and research to support increasing opportunities-to-learn for children from diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
School Readiness Video Library
We wish to thank the kindergarten teachers who have partnered with us to create the videos in the Kindergarten Readiness Video Library. CDE produces these videos for professional development activities and obtains voluntary written permission from all parties who appear in these video clips.
These videos were produced and posted to this website with voluntary written permission from all parties who appear in the videos including program staff, volunteers and parents/guardians on their own behalf and that of their children.
These videos are NOT extracted in any form from child assessment records, but rather were produced by CDE for professional development activities.
Limitations on Video Use
- You may not use any of the videos on this site for commercial purposes.
- You may not edit, alter, transform or build upon any of the videos on this site.
- You may not post a copy of any of the videos on this site to any web site.
The following assessment videos have been created through the Washington State WAKIDS program.
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