Causes of the First Leak: Why Children and Families Do Not Enter Kindergarten Prepared for Success
Limited capacity of caregivers to provide strong learning experiences in the home
Undiagnosed social-emotional needs
Limited preschool enrollment/attendance
Uneven preschool quality
Lack of medical home
The Repairs Ensuring that Children and Families Enter Kindergarten Prepared for Success
Supporting local pediatricians to use routine medical check-ups as opportunities to encourage families to read to young children
Hosting community breakfasts at school sites that expose parents to activities that support children’s early brain development
Providing books and incentives to parents who accept the challenge to read "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" with their children
Working with local universities to align teaching and learning across preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten classrooms.
Providing access to services for early diagnosis and treatment of social-emotional problems through developmental screenings
Supporting local family child-care providers through a series of workshops to strengthen early learning experiences for the children in their care
Providing access to books for home libraries through all of the above.