All Stamford children will have access to quality early learning
The academic success of children in later years depends heavily on their school readiness as incoming kindergarteners. Healthy development, early education experiences and enrichment activities in the first years of life are most crucial in establishing a solid foundation for children to succeed in school.
Members of the Kindergarten Readiness CAN are committed community stakeholders who are experts in the field of early childhood education. The CAN was launched in November 2016, and the Plan phase of our Continuous Improvement Process began at the first meeting in December 2016. Two action plans have been finalized and approved by the Executive Team, with goals to:
- Use the 2017-18 school year to pilot a best practice collaboration model of professional development for kindergarten and preschool teachers. A small sample using approximately 20-25 teachers from four elementary schools and an equal sampling of 20-25 preschool teachers from a mixture of preschool settings (including SPS School Readiness Pre-K, Head Start, private day care, for-pay, and family/home day care) will be recruited to create a schedule and content for collaborative professional development activities with a goal of improved student kindergarten readiness.
- Expand the use of the Stamford Public Schools’ Preschool-Kindergarten Transition Summary (PKTS) in the 2017-18 school year, with a goal to collect information for at least 85% of the incoming SPS kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year through coordinated outreach to preschools, center day care providers and family home day care providers throughout the city. This will result in the best placement of incoming kindergartners for successful student outcomes.
Register your child for kindergarten
Stamford children who will be five years old on or before January 1 will be eligible to attend kindergarten in the Stamford Public Schools beginning the following September. To register your child, visit: Stamford Public Schools Kindergarten Registration. Questions can be directed to Stamford Public Schools Office of Early Childhood at 203-977-4954 or Stamford Public Schools Office of Family Engagement at 203-977-4465.
Kindergarten Readiness Community Action Network (CAN) Leadership/Contributors
All Our Kin
Boys and Girls Club of Stamford
Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County
The Ferguson Library
First Presbyterian Church Nursery School
City of Stamford, Nursing and Dental Services
City of Stamford, School Readiness
Parent Teacher Council
Stamford Public Schools APPLES Pre-K Program
Stamford Family YMCA