kindergarten readiness

Shannon's Window

How the Twin Cities tackled kindergarten readiness

Generation Next built a coalition of business, education and civic leaders to improve graduation and kindergarten readiness rates in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Read full story


All children deserve a high-quality early education

There is little agreement on how government — at the local, state and federal level — can make pre-K more affordable to more middle-class families. Read full story


The new normal in kindergarten readiness

Changes will see providers evaluate preschoolers to gauge kindergarten readiness beginning next year

Pensacola area VPK providers get ready for the "new normal" as changes to how kindergarten readiness is measured begin rolling out. Read full story


State VPK providers status quo for a year on readiness scores

Problems with state testing system last school year mean VPK providers won't use new system until this spring

Voluntary prekindergarten providers are trying out a new evaluation tool to gauge how ready for school their kids will be — but it isn't without snags. Read full story


Finding ways to bridge early language gaps

The quality of relationships, experiences and language during a child's first 1,000 days sets the foundation for future heath, development and educational achievement. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: Holding on to the benefits of prek

How do we make prek's benefits last into third grade and beyond? Consistency, say Vanderbilt researchers, something lacking both in Tennessee and Florida. Read full story


Small talk makes a big difference in a child’s early development

Dr. Dana Suskind shows how parents can put into practice the core strategies of the Thirty Million Words Initiative to bridge the achievement gap between less affluent children and their more affluent peers. Read full story

Shannon's Window

Shannon’s Window: Making the investment in early learning

Early learning is an investment worth making, but elected leaders and the private sector must be dedicated to the long game to reap the payoff. Read full story


Breaking down Escambia’s outside agency funding requests

How much will Escambia County pay toward kindergarten readiness, job creation, tourism promotion and a host of other requests from outside agencies? Read on. Read full story


Parents can’t talk enough to their children

Georgia's Talk With Me Baby initiative aims to encourage more parents to talk to their babies, a tactic proven to improve a child's readiness for school. Read full story

Metro Dashboard

2015 metro dashboard update shows room to grow

In updating the Pensacola Metro Dashboard, we found incremental progress on key issues — and lots of progress still to be made Read full story