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KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND 3RD GRADE ACHIEVEMENT
Longitudinal Study 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

KINDERGARTEN READINESS IN ALAMEDA COUNTY


First 5 Alameda County (First 5) supports an integrated early childhood system with the goal of ensuring all children arrive at school ready to learn and are free from abuse and neglect. Every two years, First 5 partners with Applied Survey Research (ASR) to assess kindergarten readiness in Alameda County.


The kindergarten readiness assessment identifies and measures some factors that predict a child’s readiness for school. At every assessment period, concrete needs, such as arriving at school healthy, well-rested, and well-fed are top factors predicting kindergarten readiness. Since 2015, formal early childhood education (ECE) participation, is also a top factor. This longitudinal study conducted in 2018, analyzing the relationship between kindergarten readiness and later achievement, reveals the impact of concrete needs on children’s outcomes is long-term and ECE participation alone will not address the achievement gap.