Story by: Jenita Lyons on March 9, 2017
As parents and caregivers, we want what’s best for our kids. We feed, clothe and nurture them, read and tell stories, comfort them and listen. We want them to do well in school and succeed, which is linked with positive health outcomes. In order to succeed in school, young students must be ready to learn at each grade level, starting with pre-kindergarten.
Parents and caregivers play a key role in ensuring a child is ready to succeed in school at their grade level. School readiness is defined not just by reaching the age milestone to start pre-k, kindergarten and so on, but also by physical, social/emotional, language and cognitive developmental milestones appropriate for each grade level.
Regular well visits with a pediatrician are critical in helping ensure your child is developing appropriately. You and your child’s pediatrician can help identify suspected delays and seek resources to help support the child.
In addition, here’s how you can support your child’s development:
(From PBS Parents, Helping Children Prepare for Kindergarten, Ann Barbour 2010)
Learn more about ways you can help support your preschooler’s developmental milestones and ensure school readiness by attending an upcoming Jefferson County Public Schools Early Childhood Developmental Screening. Speech therapists and resource teachers will be available for consultations, and developmental screenings will be done on site. Children must live in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and be 3 or 4 years old.
Friday, March 24, 2017
9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Edwards Education Complex
701 S. Hancock St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 485-7677 or (502) 485-6581