Early Childhood School Readiness

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School Readiness is a public school program for 3 to 5 year-old children and their families in Minnesota.  School Readiness provides children with various opportunities to participate in early childhood programs that enable them to enter school with the skills and behaviors needed for them to progress and flourish.
School Readiness matches a wide variety of services with the needs of participating children.  Local programs strengthen and build upon existing services and resources to meet the health, nutrition, education, and social service needs of children in order to enhance their learning, development, and future success in school.  It has been cited as a high quality early childhood program by Child Trends, a national research organization.

What happens in School Readiness?

Our School Readiness programs include the following:
• A child development and learning component, with a beginning of year and end of year assessment
• Parent involvement
• Cooperative efforts with other agencies

Who Participates in School Readiness?

Children who are 3 years-old and not yet in kindergarten are eligible for School Readiness.  Participation is voluntary and scholarships are available for qualifying families.  Extensive coordination among community programs and services, parents, policymakers and others is required to assure that children identified through Early Childhood Screening as having the greatest needs receive the most intensive and extensive services.

Who Benefits From School Readiness?

When the outcomes of School Readiness are achieved- the children entering school ready to learn and parents involved in their children’s learning and education- all of society benefits!  The potential for early childhood programs such as School Readiness to prevent or reduce later learning problems of children is borne out by extensive research. Dollars spent on early education are more than repaid by savings in remedial costs during later school years.  This early investment increases the effectiveness of the total investment society makes in education. 


School Readiness provides scholarships to help families pay for preschool. Scholarships are awarded depending on financial need. To apply, a scholarship application needs to be filled out & turned in to the Early Childhood office. For questions, call us at 763-691-6691 or email at earlychildhood@c-ischools.org.