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Early Childhood Learning: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2012

Our visionBrochure Pic 1

All children in DeKalb County enter Kindergarten ready to learn as assessed by a shared definition of “readiness.”

What we’ll accomplish

90% of Kindergarten students will enter school at the benchmark “ready” for every class in every school in DeKalb County within a six-year period.

Data we’re using to measure progress

The percent of entering kindergarten students screened as “ready” based on a common definition of kindergarten readiness shared countywide.


Baseline 2011: 38%

Year Goal Actual
2012 50% TBD
2013 75% TBD
2015 90% TBD






Current statusApril 2012 ECL Chart
  • In 2011, 38% of entering Kindergarten students were screened as “ready” in all three domains measured – academic, language and socio-emotional.
  • Revised the 2011 kindergarten readiness
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Butler Public Library, partnering with the DeKalb Eastern school district, is repeating KiPS in 2012, a summer “kindergarten prep school” for children entering the DeKalb Eastern school district.
  • Distributing a parent-friendly brochure, “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten,” describing skills basic to a child’s success starting school.
  • Parents are receiving a “Low- and No-cost Ideas” brochure of community resources to help prepare their child for success in school and in life.
  • A DeKalb Reads parent literacy workshop series was hosted this Spring for 13 low-income families of children entering school this Fall.
  • Hosting Dana Jones, Early Childhood Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, to speak about preparing children for success in school and in life. Jones will present two sessions on August 14 at First United Methodist Church in Auburn. The event will target early childhood care and education providers, community leaders and interested parents.
  • Creating awareness around the contribution of high quality early care and learning programs to a child’s readiness for school.

Early Childhood Road Map PDF