Many children today, perhaps as many as 40 percent, enter kindergarten not ready to succeed with the types of activities and expectations typically offered by schools. The transition to kindergarten is a formative period in shaping a child’s later success in school, but it is unlikely that changing the entry process alone will correct this problem. Only a sustained and comprehensive program of services during the preschool period can hope to alter trajectories in a way that significantly improves the odds of success.
LESSON 1: ESTABLISH A NETWORK OF MODEL PREKINDERGARTEN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS.
LESSON 2: ESTABLISH A NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER FOR UNIVERSAL PREKINDERGARTEN.
LESSON 3: CREATE A NATIONAL SET OF GUIDELINES TO SHAPE STATE INITIATIVES.
LESSON 4: PROVIDE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES AND FLEXIBLE FUNDING TO STIMULATE AND SUPPORT UNIVERSAL PREKINDERGARTEN.
LESSON 5: INVOLVE PARENTS AND ADVOCATES IN ALL ASPECTS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION.