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

Brochure Pic 1Our Vision

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.


Current status Table
  • In 2012, the kindergarten readiness screening tool was revised to align with the U.S. Department of Education’s expectations for letter identification.
  • Using the revised screening, 56% of entering Kindergarten students were screened as “ready” in all three domains measured – academic, language and socio-emotional.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Hosted Dana Jones, Early Childhood Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, in DeKalb County on August 14. The presentation was attended by 128 northeast Indiana child care and education providers, parents and community leaders.
  • Distributing a parent-friendly brochure, “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten,” describing skills basic to a child’s success starting school.
  • Parents of incoming kindergarten students receive a “Low or No-cost Ideas” booklet of community resources to help prepare their children for success in school. This may take the form of an early learning calendar in 2013.
  • The booklist included in the “Low and No-cost Ideas” booklet was revised to include more engaging reading, along with concept and non-fiction books that align with the recently adopted Common Core Standards for kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • The 2012 kindergarten-readiness screening was revised to improve the quality of data collected regarding children’s care and educational experiences prior to entering school.
  • Continuing to create awareness around the contribution of high quality early care and learning programs to a child’s readiness for school.
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Early Childhood Learning Road Map PDF