The Ready Child

When a child arrives at kindergarten, he or she will have knowledge and skills across multiple development and learning areas and will exhibit physical health and emotional well-being. They will demonstrate curiosity and show confidence to learn and will display multiple unique skills in general knowledge, language, cognition and numeracy.  These multiple learning areas are described in Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards Birth to Kindergarten (2017) and Minnesota’s Kindergarten Academic Standards.

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.