Early Childhood School Readiness Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources for early childhood educators to support a child’s school readiness.

Paving the Way to Kindergarten

Virginia’s definition of School Readiness: “School readiness” describes the capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that will best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in the development of school readiness. No one component can stand on its own.

The Early Childhood Readiness Tool is a resource for early childhood educators. The indicators are general guidelines that may be used to identify and support a child’s skills in the areas of social/emotional development, communication, literacy and mathematical concepts.

School Readiness Resources are available for early childhood providers to support a child’s skills in the areas of social/emotional development, communication, literacy, and mathematical concepts.

Neighborhood School Readiness Teams are a collaboration of the Fairfax County Office for Children, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Fairfax Futures. The teams meet regularly to bring families, schools, and community organizations together to help children start school ready to succeed. Learn more about school readiness from the Office for Children.

Portrait of a Graduate

In 2014, FCPS adopted the Portrait of a Graduate to answer this question: What are the skills necessary for success for all children in this rapidly changing, increasingly diverse, and interconnected world?

The Portrait of a Graduate attributes are communicator, collaborator, ethical and global citizen, creative and critical thinker, and a goal-directed and resilient individual.  Promoting these skills enhance student success pre-kindergarten and beyond.