In addition to assisting the teachers with their tasks on kindergarten registration day, helping make copies or translating for parents, the UCI members are there to conduct research on the topic of “kindergarten readiness.” This term, although it can have different meanings for people, includes a few main skills that children entering kindergarten should have.
Tiffany and Briana are only five years old, but already, their environments have had effects that can last their lifetimes. Both girls have just started kindergarten, but Tiffany is likely to face higher hurdles than Briana because of the stress that is a part of her everyday life. This early stress in life can also have an impact on her as an adult.
Certainly, one of any mother's least favorite errands to ever run with small children is the trip to the grocery store. If it's not timed right, the result is cranky, fussy, whiny children (and mom) and possibly the glaring stares of other shoppers.
For many people these days, the word "policy" invokes thoughts of red and blue, left and right, elephants and donkeys. But for those in the research and policy group at the Urban Child Institute, the word is less dichotomous.
In "Data Book 2013: The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County," The Urban Child Institute explores social and economic conditions affecting optimal brain development for babies ages zero to three, and subsequently outlines critical areas that need improvement. Research findings show that the environment and community in which a child is born and raised contributes greatly to her future well being, while the health and well-being of its children determines a community's future.
Starting school can be a little scary for children. However, reading books about kindergarten can help them get excited about starting school and ease their fears of the unknown. The Urban Child Institute has put together this list of books that not only explain what to expect in kindergarten, but also introduce the skills that children need to succeed.