Data Analytics and Statistics Hub

Ready and Successful Students

All students enter kindergarten ready to learn


SY22 Actual

SY21 Actual

Objective Description

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Office of Early Childhood Programs and Early Intervention Services collaborate closely with community partners including the Office of Children and Families, Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council, Head Start, Judy Center, Recreation and Parks, Maryland School for the Deaf, childcare centers, private preschools, and other community childcare settings to offer a range of supports to meet the needs of individual children and families. Additionally, the Office works with community organizations to provide early learning opportunities to help increase kindergarten readiness for all children.

Trend Analysis

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment assesses a student’s preparedness in social foundations, language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development when entering kindergarten. Kindergarten readiness rates increased for the majority of student groups, but showed small decreases for the Black or African American student group and the Low-Income households student groups. Data is unavailable for 2020 due to testing cancellations at the state level.


  • The Howard County Infants and Toddlers Program: As a partner in the interagency initiative, HCPSS helps develop and deliver Individual Family Service Plans to families of children with a developmental delay or who are at risk for developmental delay.
  • Head Start Centers: HCPSS supports three Head Start centers, with site-based professional learning, coaching, and modeling.
  • Read With Me: Howard County provides one book per month to families of young children at six schools and their surrounding communities. 415 children participated in Read with Me and 54 of these children graduated from the program.
  • Talk With Me: Howard County promotes interactions between caregivers and infants/toddlers. Numerous stakeholders have been trained and are sharing information across the county in various settings.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Detailed Analysis

Copyright 2018 by Howard County, Maryland | Privacy Statement | Terms Of Use | ADA Notice