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Kindergarten Ready Information

Elementary Education

All students enrolling in Kindergarten in the state of Kentucky will be administered the Brigance Early Childhood Kindergarten Screen III to provide a quick assessment of each child's School Readiness level. Students will recieve a score of "Not Ready", "Ready" or "Ready with Enrichments" from the Brigance. This assessment provides teachers and parents with information related to the following five domains:

  • Academic/Cognitive
  • Language Development
  • Physical Development
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Social Emotional Development.

Kentucky School Readiness Brochure

99 Tips for School Readiness Checklist

Kindergarten Entry Skill Practice Assessment

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Enrollment Requirements
Reminder: Children must be 5 years old by August 1st to enter kindergarten.

Q. What documentation do I need to provide when registering my child in school?

A. Prior to school attendance, each child shall have on file:

  • A legal birth certificate
  • A Kentucky Certificate of Immunization
  • Proof of a preventative health care examination conducted within one year prior to initial entry into the school program and another preventative health care examination within one year prior to entry into the 6th grade
  • Proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, documented on the Kentucky School Eye Exam Form
  • Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, proof of a dental screening or examination by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, registered nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant, documented on the Kentucky Dental Screening Form (This form must be presented to the school no later than January 1 of the first year that a 5- or 6-year-old child is enrolled.)

Skills Which Ease Public School Entry and Transition

As children enter kindergarten and primary programs, the following skills have been identified as helpful in easing the transition period.  Although these skills are helpful, they are not required for entry into any primary level program:

Classroom Guidelines and Rules

  • Walks rather than runs indoors
  • Waits quietly and patiently in line
  • Complies with simple directions provided to a group
  • Makes transitions from one activity to another with minimal assistance
  • Uses appropriate behaviors to get teacher (staff) attention
  • Replaces materials, cleans up own activity area
  • Stays in own space for activities
  • Stays with group when outside of classroom

Work Skills

  • Refrains from disturbing the activity of others
  • Stops activity when given the direction to “stop”
  • Works independently on developmentally appropriate materials
  • Completes tasks when given developmentally appropriate materials
  • Follow simple directions related to tasks
  • Waits until directions are completed to begin activities

Communication Skills

  • Comes to an adult when signaled
  • Communicates own needs and wants
  • Answers questions about self and family
  • Attends to peer or adult who is talking to a group

Social Behavior Skills

  • Responds positively to social recognition and reinforcement
  • Modifies behavior when provided with verbal direction
  • Follows school guidelines
  • Separates from parents and accepts school personnel

Self Management Skills

  • Easts lunch or snack with minimal assistance
  • Is aware of / attends to appearnance
  • Locates and uses the restroom
  • Cares for bathroom needs
  • Puts on / takes off out clothing with minimal assistance
  • Makes transition between classroom and transportation with minimal assistance
  • Seeks out adult if hurt or cannot handle social situations
  • Is aware of obvious dangers and avoids them
  • Locates own possessions and returns them to appropriate place

It is important to remember that all of the skills listed above are taught and reinforced throughout the kindergarten year.

Source:  Byrd, R. and Rous, B. (1991) Project STEPS:  Helpful Entry level Skills Checklist.  Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky