All students enter kindergarten ready to learn
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 these student groups: Asian (57% to 61%), Black/African American (42% to 45%), Hispanic/Latinx (31% to 32%), White (65% to 67%), and Economically Disadvantaged (29% to 30%). Kindergarten readiness rates decreased for these student groups: Two or More Races (65% to 55%), English Learners (23% to 12%), and special education (28% to 15%). Note: KRA data is currently limited to a random sampling of students.
- 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