When children get to school they must be ready to be successful.  This means access to high-quality child care and preschool and it means getting children screened for developmental delays so they can receive Early Intervention and/or preschool special education services to catch up with their peers.  Right now:

Here are ways you can help improve school readiness:

School Readiness includes:

Language Development

Children begin learning at birth. Language is the foundation for reading and babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn language by listening to their parents, siblings, and caregivers and interacting with the world around them.    Families can help develop strong language skills by talking, reading, and singing to children every day, beginning at birth. 

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Childcare Access

Access to high-quality child care and preschool helps children develop important early skills they need to become strong readers. High-quality public preschool programs are available in Rhode Island but there are not enough spaces to meet the need.

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  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to their success in school. Children begin learning at birth and brain development proceeds rapidly in early childhood. Disparities in learning based on access to enriched experiences and environments begin to appear in the first years of life and, without intervention, grow over time. To learn about access to and financing of high-quality early learning opportunities in Rhode Island, please see Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island.


Developmental Screenings

Regular and comprehensive developmental screenings at the doctor’s office, in school, and in the community helps uncover developmental delays and get children help to address any delays identified.  

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School Readiness