Table: Getting Ready for School

February 23, 2005 1 min read

The National School Readiness Indicators Initiative identified a number of factors to indicate whether children have the tools to succeed in school. Those indicators are divided into six categories:


  • Physical well-being and motor development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Approaches to learning
  • Language development
  • Cognition and general knowledge


  • Mother’s educational level
  • Births to teenagers
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Children in foster care


  • Young children in poverty
  • Supports for families with infants and toddlers
  • Lead poisoning

Health Services

  • Health insurance
  • Low-birthweight infants
  • Access to prenatal care
  • Immunizations

Early Care and Education Services

  • Enrollment in early-education programs
  • Credentials of early-education teachers
  • Accredited child-care centers
  • Accredited family child-care homes
  • Access to child-care subsidies


  • Class size
  • Reading scores in 4th grade
  • SOURCE: National School Readiness Indicators Initiative

    A version of this article appeared in the February 23, 2005 edition of Education Week as Getting Ready for School