ONE IN THREE

1 in 3 children in Kansas City is not prepared for kindergarten. Students who begin school behind experience more cognitive issues, behavior problems, and enroll in special education programs at a higher rate than their peers. That’s why the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, working with Sesame Street in Communities, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and other partners, developed a community-wide initiative called Pre-KC. Kindergarten readiness is one of the KC Chamber’s Big 5 goals for our region.


The mission of Pre-KC is to raise awareness of the critical importance of quality early childhood education and to offer school readiness resources to local families and caregivers.

 

The Research

Did you know that many of our area’s kids begin kindergarten lacking the skills necessary to succeed? A recent report found only 25.8 percent of kindergarteners in Kansas City Public School District were proficient in their reading skills at the start of the school year. Only 30.7 percent were proficient in math. This readiness gap largely permeates through a child’s academic career and serves as a barrier to academic achievement at every grade level of their education and beyond.

Research shows that children born into low-income families hear roughly 30 million fewer words by the age of three than their more affluent peers. This gaps leads to an alarming achievement gap – in school and in life. Literacy-rich environments during the first four years are critical for laying the groundwork for reading proficiency in school.

In 2007 (the latest national data available) 21 percent of poor children ages three to six could recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet, compared with 35 percent living above the poverty threshold.

While 49 percent of poor young children could count to 20 or higher, 67 percent of those living above poverty could do so. In the same year, 46 percent of poor children could write their names, compared with 46 percent of those living above poverty.

Let's Get Social

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Good mental and physical health are fundamental components of healthy child development. The Family Conservancy and Pre-KC are offering a free event where parents and caregivers can learn to help children build resilience and support physical health.

Free lunch, fun activities and door prizes will be provided. Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/2127632390852439/
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Joe Reardon at BNIM to give a presentation on why quality early childhood learning is important & the KC Chambers efforts around @pre_kc
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With only a few weeks left before school starts most kids are growing restless. Check out this article for 20 summer reading activities to engage your child and prepare them for the start of school.
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Ever wonder what's going on in your child's brain when you read to them? Check out this story from NPR to find out!
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Do you have questions about the importance of quality pre-k? Have you ever wondered what quality pre-k looks like? Check out this article from Parents that answers these questions and many more!
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"While such things as motor skills are instinctual for young learners, the approach to speech and literacy is a parent-led experience. The more moms and dads speak and read to their children, the more successful they will be later in life."

With only a few weeks left before school starts most kids are growing restless. Check out this article for 20 summer reading activities to engage your child and prepare them for the start of school. https://t.co/nmpSxxjKqw

Ever wonder what's going on in your child's brain when you read to them? Check out this story from @NPR to find out! https://t.co/z1ETRhEqh3

Do you have questions about the importance of quality pre-k? Have you ever wondered what quality pre-k looks like? Check out this article from @parentsmagazine that answers these questions and many more! https://t.co/fmJk9w6Msq

"While such things as motor skills are instinctual for young learners, the approach to speech and literacy is a parent-led experience. The more moms and dads speak and read to their children, the more successful they will be later in life." https://t.co/zSCzG6rdDJ

"Brains are more adaptable to new learning in first three years of life than any other time. This brings great possibility but also great responsibility. Research has shown that relationships with parents and caregivers are crucial to brain development." https://t.co/uKJAjHVUKE

Do you have a kiddo who will be starting preschool this year?? Here is a list of great books for introducing your young one to the idea of preschool and to prepare them for their first day. https://t.co/HOubHLyeU5
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