School Readiness Goals


1. Social and Emotional Development

  • Infant/Toddler
    • Child will develop and engage in secure, trusting relationships with adults.
    • Child will begin to develop and demonstrate a positive sense of self, competence, and identity that is rooted in their family culture.
    • Child begins to express, recognize, and interpret emotions.
    • Child begins to manage emotions by seeking out a familiar adult and/or use strategies such as getting a familiar object for comfort.
    • Child begins to show empathy or concern when another child is in distress.
    • Child begins to show interest in other children; interacts, responds, imitates and/or develops personal relationships with other children.
  • Preschool
    • Child will develop secure relationships with familiar adults and children.
    • Child will recognize and regulate his/her own emotions and actions.
    • Child will describe own feelings and recognize feelings of others.
    • Child will suggest solutions to social problems in most situations. Child seeks adult guidance to bigger social problems.
    • Child will show empathy and care toward others.
    • Child will play cooperatively with at least one other child and engage in coordinating and planning the play.
    • Child will develop a positive sense of self, competence, and identity that is rooted in their family culture.

2. Approaches to Learning

  • Infant/Toddler
    • Child will begin to develop and demonstrate self-regulatory skills by following simple routines.
    • Child approaches events, experiences, and materials with interest and curiosity and/or shows excitement by smiling or laughing when having an experience.
    • Child will begin to investigate solutions to predicaments.
  • Preschool
    • Child will follow classroom rules and routines with little to no reminders.
    • Child will handle and care for classroom materials with increasing independence.
    • Child will exhibit independence, creativity, and a desire to learn.
    • Child will engage in activities with persistence and attention and be flexible in their thinking.
    • Child will develop interest and engagement in group activities.
    • Child will develop an interest in their community and the world around them.
    • Child will ask questions, express ideas, and think of different ways to solve problems.
    • Child will explore visual arts, media, and creative expression.
    • Child will demonstrate awareness of creative dance, music, movement and drama.

3. Language and Communication

  • Infant/Toddler
    • Child attends to verbal and non-verbal communication and responds with gestures, words, or actions.
    • Child begins to understand and recognize short phrases and words with increasing reception and follow conversations with actions or behavior.
    • Child communicates needs and wants and interacts with others through language, body language, and/or non-verbal cues.
    • Child will explore sounds that are common to their home language. Language will become increasingly more complex.
  • Infant/Toddler: Emergent Literacy
    • Child explores books and/or attends to and interacts with stories; recognizing and making meaning from pictures, making sounds, and beginning to show interest in written forms of language.
    • Child begins to explore writing materials by making marks on paper and then progresses to making scribbles that represent symbols, objects, or actions.
  • Preschool
    • Child attends to increasingly complex comments, questions, and conversations, and understands and responds.
    • Child uses an expanded vocabulary to express thoughts and needs.
    • Child who is a dual language learner will understand complex phrases in their home language and then progress in English.

4. Literacy

  • Preschool
    • Child will develop an interest in books and story time activities: ask and answer questions related to the story.
    • Child will be able to tell or retell a story communicating details of pictures and experiences.
    • Child will develop phonological awareness.
    • Child will understand that the letters of the alphabet have names and are associated with sounds.
    • Child will recognize the letters in their name.
    • Child will identify the beginning letter in their name as upper case and the following letters as lower case.
    • Child will develop emergent writing skills.

5. Cognition

  • Infant/Toddler
    • Child will use all of their senses to investigate their environment, to discover what people and objects do, how things work, and how they can make things happen.
    • Child will begin to recognize, recall, and build on experiences.
  • Infant/Toddler: Emergent Mathematical Thinking
    • Child will learn and begin to use math concepts during daily routines and experiences, such as saying "more" or "All gone," spatial awareness, matching, and sorting.
  • Infant/Toddler: Imitation and Symbolic Representation and Play
    • Child will engage in symbolic representation and play: imitate and act out social roles using materials and props.

6. Mathematics Development

  • Preschool
    • Child will explore and describe spatial relationships and shapes.
    • Child will use math to count, compare, relate, pattern, and problem solve.

7. Scientific Reasoning

  • Preschool
    • Child will use a variety of inquiry skills to recognize, analyze and solve problems. This includes observing organisms, materials, and events; making predictions, gathering information, asking questions, drawing conclusions and using scientific vocabulary.

8. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

  • Infant/Toddler
    • Child uses perceptual information to understand and respond to everyday experiences.
    • Child will develop control of large muscles for movement, navigation, and balance.
    • Child will develop fine motor control by manipulating materials to create desired works or effects.
  • Preschool
    • Child will develop an increasing awareness of where their body is in relation to space, position, and interaction with objects
    • Child will maintain good overall health and age-appropriate physical well-being.
    • Child will practice healthy and safe routines.
    • Child will develop and enhance fine and gross motor skills.
  • Infant/Toddler: Health, Safety and Nutrition
    • Child will express self care needs and progress toward independence in meeting those needs.
  • Preschool: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
    • Child will maintain good overall health and age-appropriate physical well-being.
    • Child will practice healthy and safe routines.