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Our 2030 Goal:

100% Kindergarten Readiness in Florida

For the last decade, The Children’s Movement of Florida has been focused on promoting school readiness because we know children need a strong foundation to thrive. That’s why we are the natural choice to unite business, community leaders and policymakers under the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s ambitious Florida 2030 strategic plan to have 100% of children ready for kindergarten by 2030.

Learn more about the why of this initiative in this Miami Herald op-ed from our Chief of Staff Madeleine Thakur. 

You can express your support for this goal by tweeting with the hashtag #KReadyFL. Tweet: I am committed to helping children in #Florida get kindergarten ready by 2030 with @ChildMovementFL and @FLChamber. Learn more here http://bit.ly/KReady2030 #Ready2030

What Does it Mean to be Ready?

This kindergarten readiness number reflects the results of an assessment given during the first month of the school year to all kindergarten students attending public school in Florida. At the system level, it gives policymakers, superintendents and the public a sense of whether or not we are making a sufficient investment in early learning and family supports before children enter kindergarten.

So what does it mean to be ready for kindergarten? For our five year olds, social-emotional  and executive function skills are far more important than mastering letters, numbers and shapes. Children who are “ready” can listen, wait their turn, communicate, and cooperate. They can hold a pencil and focus on a task. They have a foundation for critical thinking, curiosity and an eagerness to learn.

The Harvard Center on the Developing Child has excellent resources on how we can help children develop their executive functioning skills and the U.S. Department of Education offers excellent resources on how we can help children build their social-emotional skills.

What We Need to Get It Right:

  • Stimulating early learning opportunities
  • Investment in early learning teachers
  • Support for parents and families
  • Screening and early identification of special needs
  • Access to health insurance and preventive care

Who Needs to be Involved?

It will take all of us to get to 100% K-Readiness, but it’s worth it! If you want to know the K-Readiness score in your local school district or neighborhood school, you can find it on the Florida Department of Education website. When you get there, scroll down for numbers by county and by school.

What Can You Do?

Partners

The Movement is spearheading this effort, but change will happen on the ground in communities. If you know of a great initiative in your community contact us at info[at]childrensmovementflorida.org with the subject heading “K-Readiness 2030.”