ECPAC partners know when children enter kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten with strong early literacy skills are more likely to be successful in school. Research also shows that children living in low-income families have a 30 million word gap by the age of 3 compared to their more affluent peers. Elementary students in Adams County have significantly lower reading scores than the Colorado average year after year.
The Kindergarten Readiness Action Team is dedicated to help ensure children enter kindergarten with strong early literacy skills. The Team monitors kindergarten literacy data to guide community-based strategies intended to improve early literacy skills development for young children in Adams County. These strategies include:
Increasing the availability of parenting classes based on best practices for early literacy.