Kindergarten is a powerful and pivotal part of the educational continuum for young children, linking their home, community, and preschool experiences to the "big school" and the world of more formal educational experiences. State and local policies regarding age of entry, retention, length of day, teacher credentials, attendance, curriculum, assessment and accountability all impact the effectiveness and power of the kindergarten year.
Other components of a powerful kindergarten experience include:
All children benefit from a powerful kindergarten experience. The following 10 policies support, promote, and enhance the learning and joy of learning for all kindergarten children, leading to positive child outcomes for all.