It’s helpful to think about four touchstones that make for kindergarten readiness: language and literacy development, thinking skills, self-control, and self-confidence.

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Hold More, Cry Less

Parents are a child’s first teachers, and there is much that parents and caregivers can do to help nurture young children’s developing thinking skills and – at the same time – helping to build their self-confidence. How do these two sets of skills and attributes go together?

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What does it mean to be Kindergarten-Ready? The answer to that question will depend on who you ask: parents, teachers, policymakers, and scholars tend to look at different sets of skills that help a child thrive in school.

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What does it mean to be Kindergarten-Ready? This is a difficult question to answer because school presents a child with so many different challenges. Even a child coming from preschool will find kindergarten brings new social, emotional and intellectual puzzles.

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