A new report released from the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) provides the first consistent picture across all Illinois elementary school districts of the skills children have as they enter kindergarten. The development and statewide implementation of KIDS was a public-private effort driven in partnership with Ounce of Prevention Fund, Advance Illinois, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Steans Family Foundation and the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, among others. KIDS provides kindergarten teachers with information to support classroom instruction, helps parents understand expectations for their children in kindergarten, and gives lawmakers and school administrators data to help determine how resources should be directed to help all young children enter kindergarten with the skills and supports they need to succeed.
“We know that learning begins at birth, and high-quality programs make a difference. The KIDS data will help adults ensure that our youngest learners are ready to succeed in school.” said Ounce President Diana Rauner in a combined statement.
The Ounce champions the importance of high-quality early childhood programs to help our youngest learners succeed in school. The KIDS data represents a critical milestone toward understanding what we need to do to support children earlier in their learning journey and the need for additional investment in high-quality early learning beginning at birth.
Thank you and please continue to advocate and support early childhood education!
P.S. check out Chalkbeat’s recent article on the Ounce highlighting early childhood education in Illinois.