The following policy statement was adopted by NAECS-SDE in 2013.
Download the entire statement here, or scroll through the table below to view the 10 policy components and their accompanying research.
The Power of Kindergarten:
10 Policies Leading to Positive Child Outcomes
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
- Strong family engagement in their child’s
- Knowledgeable and systemic administrative
support for appropriate classroom practices; and
- Transition practices that create a strong and
ongoing connection between every child’s preschool experiences and their kindergarten
and beyond learning experiences.
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.