Early Childhood Education
KIDS is envisioned as a comprehensive process designed to provide information about children’s competencies across developmental domains over time and to inform whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. For more information visit KIDS.
- WEBINAR: Transmitting SIS Data to the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Tech - October 12, 2012
- Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Stakeholder Committee Report to ISBE: A New Beginning: The Illinois Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
- Illinois KIDS Advisory Committee PowerPoint Presentation June 18, 2012: Proposed Approach for Using the DRDP-SR Instrument with Illinois KIDS
The Illinois Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten are available in hard copy by attending a training offered through the Illinois Resource Center. You will find up-to-date information concerning trainings at http://thecenterweb.org/ then go to Early Childhood. Kindergarten teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a training. The training involves learning the history of the standards, why we have standards, exploration of how the standards should be used, and on sharing the standards document with others such as families and community partners. You may download a copy of the standards, benchmark cards, and participating districts at the following links.
- Illinois Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Benchmarks – Cards for Ring
- Participating Schools Districts and Programs
The transition to kindergarten from prekindergarten is an exciting time for 5 year olds. Educators today are developing transition activities to help children and families as they take this important step. Kindergarten teachers and prekindergarten teachers are both a critical part of a successful transition. Both teachers work with parents and children to assure questions are answered, children are registered, and the transition flows smoothly.
- Sample flyer from a Kindergarten Readiness Fair sponsored by the Rock Island Regional Office of Education and partners.
- Sample Transition Plan
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten Tip Sheet
Is kindergarten right around the corner? Here are some things to think about as the school year approaches.
What immunizations will my child need? What will the teacher expect my child to be able to do?
What group skills does my child need? What kinds of knowledge and experience help prepare my child?
What will my local school expect of my child? What if my child needs special help to be ready for kindergarten?
To see answers to these questions go to Getting Ready for Kindergarten
- Countdown to Kindergarten
Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. For the complete manuscript go to Countdown to Kindergarten.
Network with your colleagues on the new Kindergarten Chatter discussion board. Discuss current issues and practices concerning Kindergarten. Kindergarten Standards Field test participants are already registered to participate. Others may register by going to the Kindergarten Chatter site.
- Kathy Barclay—Literacy
- Sallee Beneke—Calendar Time
- Lilian Gonshaw Katz—Learning Goals
- Gaye Gronlund – Rigorous Academics
- Judy Harris Helm—Implementing Learning Standards
- Samuel J. Meisels – Accountability
- Mirian Trehearne—Phonological Awareness
- A New Beginning: The Illinois Kindergarten Individual Development Survey
- Full-Day or Half-Day Kindergarten?
- Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten
- Listing of Full Day Kindergarten Programs
- Across the Nation - State Kindergarten Policies
- Kindergarten for Young Children with Disabilities
- Top Ten Signs of a Good Kindergarten Classroom
- Why We Care About the K in K-12