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News and Announcements


Through facilitated conversations with KIDS Coaches, participants will gain a better understanding of the KIDS instrument and have the opportunity to ask “hot topic” early childhood questions. Work with colleagues to highlight the learning that takes place in some common play-based centers. From wooden blocks to board games and the kitchen center to puppets, learn which Illinois Learning Standards are and can be addressed through purposeful play! Watch the KIDS website for updates on trainings events near you!

  • February 18: Pittsfield, IL
  • February 20: Quincy, IL

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2018-19 KIDS Report and Data now Available

The 2018-19 Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) report, plus state- and district-level data, are now available! ISBE today released data from the second year of statewide KIDS implementation, which took place at the beginning of this past school year, in fall 2018. This report and data support ISBE’s mission to collect readiness data for all kindergartners in the state.​

KIDS Administrators and Teachers Training

Register now for a KIDS implementation training near you!

The following training sessions are targeted toward teachers and administrators NEW to the assessment and who have never received KIDS training or logins.  We also welcome any other district staff who want to understand the tool more completely and those who may need a refresher.  We invite you to register for one of the training sessions below, created to assist teachers in observing, assessing, documenting, and reporting on student development using the KIDS assessment tool. 

KIDS Training (KT): This is normally a teacher or administrator’s first introduction to the layout of KIDS, providing them with the opportunity to participate in reviewing and reflecting on evidence to rate student progress along a developmental continuum. This is a required training for teachers and administrators to gain a login and access to KIDStech.

Observing and Documenting for KIDS (OD): this training supports the application of KIDS by refining observation skills, documentation of evidence, and the use of data to support and inform instruction.

KIDS Refresher (KR): This training is designed for teachers who have previously attended a KIDS Training and have either not implemented the assessment tool or need the most current information. Teachers will be receive the most updated information on the KIDS assessment tool, the development levels, descriptors, and how to review and reflect on the evidence to rate student progress along the development continuum.  In addition, participants will be given updates the KIDStech data entry system and the data and reports available to them.

We invite you to choose and register for a session near you.  At the end of the registration process, you will be able to select the days of training you will attend.

If you are interested in a KIDS training but are unable to find a session near you, please contact Michelle Escapa at 217-801-6566.

​School Administrator Training Dates and Locations:

  • Administrator Academy Training: April 30th, 2020 - Central Elementary School, 109 School St, Camp Point, IL 62320

Teacher Training Dates and Locations:

  • KIDS Teacher Training Day 1 (KT): March 12, 2020 - Orland SD 135, 15100 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462

Register for Teacher Training Now!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Keep watching for upcoming KIDS training dates!​​​​​

​KIDS​ Resources​​

 Administrators & Teachers Toolkit

 Families Toolkit

At-Home Family Activites 

Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation

Investigate Together (ATL-REG 1)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Feelings Are Fantastic (ATL-REG 2)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Keep up the Great Work (ATL-REG 3)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document

Language and Literacy Development

Talk, Listen and Learn (LLD3)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Talk Together (LLD4)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Read and Write Together (LLD6)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Learning By Listening to Language (LLD8)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Discover Letter and Words (LLD9)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document


Sorting, Classifying and Learning (Math 1)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Counting Up, Down and All Around (Math 2)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Making Sense Of Number (Math 3) English​PDF Document
Spanish ​PDF Document
Discover Shapes in Many Places (Math 6) English​PDF Document
Spanish ​PDF Document
Social and Emotional Development Supporting Adult-Child Relationships (SED 3) English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Work and Play Together (SED 4)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document

 Materials and Resources

Third Annual Mastering KIDS Summit

The third annual Mastering KIDS Summit welcomed all Illinois kindergarten teachers and school and district administrators for a day of learning and sharing best practices around using the KIDS tool.

December 12-13, 2019

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Broadway Avenue, Normal, Illinois 61761

KIDS MVP Press Release​
2019 Mastering KIDS Summit Highlights​PDF Document


 Find Your KIDS Coach

​KI​DS Coach Map

KIDS Coaches are available to help teachers, administrators and districts with additional training and technical support. KIDS Coaches provide range of services including, but not limited to, one-on-one technical assistance calls and visits, group coaching sessions, classroom walkthroughs, overview meetings and support in interpreting and using data to improve classroom instruction.

KIDS Coaches are assigned to state regions. Following are three ways to find contact information for the Coach assigned to your region:

  1. Hover your mouse over your county on the interactive map (right) and the name and contact information for your assigned coach will pop up;
  2. Type your district name in the search box (below), hit “enter” and the name and contact information for your assigned coach will pop up;
  3. Click on a specific coach name in the upper left corner box on your screen; the Coach’s region on the interactive map (right) will be is highlighted and move to the forefront of the map, and the Coach’s contact info appears.
The list of coaches is always in the upper left of the screen for quick reference.
KIDS: Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.  KIDS is core to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) goal that every child in Illinois deserves to attend a school wherein all kindergarteners are assessed for readiness.  Kindergarten teachers statewide began using KIDS in Fall 2017. The statewide implementation followed five years of piloting with select districts. KIDS deepens our collective understanding of the importance of investing in early learning for all students to get a strong start. 

KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors across four key domains that most impact long-term student success. The domains are: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math.