School Readiness

Numerous studies have shown that 90 percent of child's brain development occurs before the age of 5. But traditionally a child doesn't start kindergarten - the first step in the educational system - until after he or she turns five. By making early childhood education available to all children, we take advantage of a crucial period in their development.

Studies show that high-quality early childhood programs are the BEST way to support improved academic outcomes in K through 12 education. Children who attend early childhood programs are far more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn, read at grade level by third grade, and graduate from high school and even college.

Decades of research proves that for every $1 invested in early childhood programs, the state saves $7. For more information, go to

The Kansas Early Learning Standards are statements describing the expectations for skills and knowledge that young children, ages birth through 5, should know and be able to do as a result of participating in high-quality early childhood programs. To view this document, click here.