All Students Ready for Kindergarten

Montevideo's school readiness goal is to ensure all students are ready for Kindergarten at age 5 through various programs, parents, and community collaboration. The 2015/16 goal is to provide programming opportunities to all age eligible children. This will reduce our current poverty induced educational gap in the k-12 system. Current programs offered include:

o Small World Nursery School - School Readiness Program (half day with added full day "transitional" option in 2015/16)

o Ready for K and Explorers  - Summer Preschool Programming

o ECFE - Birth through 5 years, parent/child

o ECSE - 3 years through kindergarten entrance with identified special needs

o Early Intervention - Birth through 2 years with identified special needs

Sanford Education Center houses a non-profit childcare center- Kinder Kare, Head Start, all above Isd. 129 programs, and kindergarten. School Readiness Preschool Programming is offered on a tuition-based fee. Services are provided to a portion of eligible children, ages 3-5. With recently increased Early Learning scholarship funds and a small amount of school readiness funding we have been able to serve more children, but not all. We have increased programming by adding an additional section of preschool in 2014/15. In 2015/16 we are adding an all day "transitional" option to serve the same amount of children, but with added programming hours for those who have added needs. We currently are full in all sections of all programs within school readiness programming, Kinder Kare childcare, and Head Start. Together programs coordinate services and collaborate in the best interest of Montevideo students and families with a shared goal of kindergarten readiness. Data driven, Parent Aware approved curriculums and assessment tools are used in each early learning classroom.

Research: In 2009, Wilder Research released a study for the Bush Foundation that estimated the cost burden to Minnesota’s K-12 system due to children entering kindergarten unprepared for school success to be about $113 million annually.34 Another Wilder Research study estimated the K-12 cost savings from a robust early education program would result in the following: a 25% reduction in teacher-related costs; a 22% reduction in special education and grade repetition costs; a 10% reduction in costs related to English Language Learners; and a 5% savings from reduced delinquent behaviors.35 Recent School Readiness Studies conducted by the Minnesota Department of Education found that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be fully prepared for Kindergarten than their more advantaged peers and that approximately 50% of children are not ready for Kindergarten.36 Further analysis by the Human Capital Research Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis led by Dr. Arthur J. Reynolds and Dr. Art Rolnick, was conducted. The report concluded that the results of the 2010 School Readiness study are predictive of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) proficiency outcomes at grade three, especially in reading and math.

 The Cost Burden to Minnesota K-12 when Children are Unprepared for Kindergarten. Wilder Research, Prepared for the Bush Foundation, 2008. 35 Potential Return on the Project Early Kindergarten, Wilder Research, 2012. 36 Minnesota School Readiness Study, Developmental Assessment at Kindergarten Entrance, 2009. 37 Assessing the Validity of Minnesota School Readiness Indicator.