Why aren’t children prepared for Kindergarten?
Aspire conducted multiple Café Conversations with parents, caregivers, teachers and administrators to get some answers. Here’s what they said.
From the parents of preschool-age and Kindergarten-age children
- There was a general fear of enrolling their children in preschool.
- Some parents expressed a lack of knowledge of preschool and community resources and options.
- Many parents felt preschool was not accessible, affordable or available to meet work and/or family schedules.
There was clearly a lack of understanding of the impact of preschool in relation to social emotional development.
From the preschool professionals and providers
- They felt social-emotional skills are essential for school success.
- They identified parent support and involvement as fundamental to student success.
- This group felt students need to be able to express themselves using developmentally appropriate language, and that developmentally appropriate cognitive skills lay the foundation for success.
From the Kindergarten teachers
- Expressed concern that children don’t have the self-help skills needed to function independently.
- Felt children don’t have the social-emotional skills to form and maintain relationships with peers.
- Expressed concern that children don’t have the academic readiness skills to learn, nor do they have the social-emotional skills to form and maintain relationships with adults.
Additionally, while conducting the work, it came to light that there is significant shortage of qualified preschool teachers available. High quality child care is dependent on an ongoing pool of well-trained professionals. Staff turnover continues to be challenge.
Check back later to learn more about our learnings and next steps in this important area.