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There is a definite link between early childhood experiences and academic success. The responsibility for providing these experiences is a shared one. Families, schools, parents, daycares, preschools, and community members all contribute to the overall success of children. Tremendous success can occur when schools, communities, and parents form strong partnerships.

The following are some examples of basic skills that have been recognized as contributing to success in school. If your child cannot do every item on the list,
it does NOT mean that s/he isn’t ready for kindergarten.


  • My child can interact positively with other children and adults.
  • My child can stay on task for fifteen minutes or longer.
  • My child can respond to verbal and non-verbal cues.
  • My child can regulate his/her own emotions and behaviors.
  • My child can easily separate from me or caregivers.

Physical and Motor Development

  • My child can demonstrate independence with tasks such as washing
  • hands, toileting, dressing, zipping, tying shoes, and feeding oneself.
  • My child can demonstrate fine motor skills by using scissors and writing utensils.
  • My child can write their full name beginning with a capital letter.
  • My child can demonstrate large muscle control by hopping on one foot, balancing, throwing, and catching a ball.
  • My child can write the numbers 0-5.

Literacy and Print Knowledge

  • My child can recognize their full name in print.
  • My child can recognize and name most upper and lower case letters.
  • My child can associate some sounds with letters and/or words.
  • My child can retell a simple story.
  • My child can use scribbles, shapes, pictures or dictation to represent ideas and thoughts.
  • My child can read environmental print: stop, exit, Target, McDonald’s, etc.


  • My child can count the number of objects in small groups.
  • My child can count from 0-20.
  • My child can recognize and create simple patterns.
  • My child can identify shapes and colors.
  • My child can sort objects by two or more characteristics.
  • My child can identify the numbers 0-20.


  • My child can initiate conversations, ask questions, and respond in conversations with others.
  • My child can understand direction words such as on, under, and over.
  • My child can verbalize their needs.
  • My child can follow directions involving two or three steps.