Kindergarten Readiness

According to local kindergarten teachers, 1 in 6 Quad Cities children was not ready to learn on their first day of school.

Kindergarten Isn’t Finger-Painting Anymore

Kindergarten has changed from when you were little. The things that they taught in first grade thirty years ago (the alphabet, simple math, how to tell time) are now taught in kindergarten.

That means that all the things that you learned how to do in kindergarten when you were little, your children have to know how to do before they ever get to kindergarten.

10 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

A group of Quad Cities kindergarten teachers put together this list. Take the quiz. Is your child ready for kindergarten?

  1. Does your child have patience?
  2. Does your child share with others?
  3. Can your child explain thoughts and opinions?
  4. Can your child get dressed, use a bathroom, without help?
  5. Does your child do well in new situations?
  6. Does your child take part in group activities?
  7. Can your child hold a pencil and use scissors?
  8. Can your child figure out ways to solve problems?
  9. Does your child explore the world and ask questions?
  10. Does your child like to listen to stories?

Quick Fact – Attendance in School Matters

Attendance is a habit that starts early! Good attendance in the early years, even PreK, can help your child build fundamental math and reading skills and develop a habit of good attendance that can lead him or her to success in college and future careers.

A child missing 10% of school, just 18 days a year, can decrease his or her chances of academic success.

64% of children who attended kindergarten and 1st grade regularly can read at grade level by the 3rd grade compared to only 17% of children who missed 18 days or more of school in both kindergarten and 1st grade.

United Way Resources

Imagination Library – one free book a month for any Quad Cities child ages 0 to 5.
Beyond the Book – suggested activities you can do with your child to help them bring their Imagination Library books to life.
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Kindergarten Skills Inventory Brochure laid out to be printed back-to-back on tabloid paper.
All 10 Kindergarten Readiness Videos




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Goal: All youth are prepared to be successful in work and life.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 35% of all third graders are not reading at grade level.


Goal: All individuals and families are economically self-sufficient.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 18% of families live at or below poverty level.


Goal: All children and adults are healthy.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 3,885 youth under age eighteen are in need of mental health treatment.