The Ready Child
These key development and early learning areas help a child prepare for kindergarten entry:
- approaches to learning
- the arts
- language, literacy communications
- mathematics (cognitive)
- physical development
- scientific thinking (cognitive)
- social and emotional development
- social systems (cognitive)
How each child develops and demonstrates skills in each learning area is different, and each child’s learning in these areas will vary upon kindergarten entry.
The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards (ECIPs) provide detail about what young children may know and be able to do. The ECIPs are not intended to be a checklist or an assessment of children’s skills that prohibit them from enrolling in kindergarten. Rather, they are intended to help guide the development, learning and teaching of young children in various settings beginning at birth ad continuing to the transition to kindergarten.