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AFEL's High Five for Kindergarten Readiness!

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

This info sheet and graphic accompany the AFEL High Five for Kindergarten Readiness Ring of Cards. The High Five Cards are color coded to the five development areas on the High Five Hand. The cards provide examples of some Kindergarten readiness skills, along with tips and activities that you can do to help children develop these skills.Research shows that children who are Kindergarten ready in these areas will be successful in school and beyond.

 

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AFEL Tips: How to Recognize a High Quality Childcare Program! 

 

FACILITY 

Is the program’s license displayed in a visible location? 

Is the center in Keystone STARS or another accreditation program? 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY 

Do bathroom and food preparation areas look and smell clean? 

Are fire extinguishers and a fire-emergency plan visible? 

 

CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION 

Are there soft spaces for reading, relaxing, and quiet games as well as spaces for active play? 

Are classroom furnishings child sized? 

Are toys and materials respectful of children’s culture/ethnicity? 

 

CHILD/STAFF INTERACTION 

Do the children seem occupied, happy and engaged? 

Are the children allowed to make choices throughout the day? 

Are staff in ratio? (infants – 1:4; young toddlers – 1:5; older toddlers – 1:6; pre-school 1:10) 

Does each child receive individual attention? 

Does staff seem respectful, patient and receptive to children’s needs? 

 

OUTDOOR PLAY 

Are children supervised by staff at all times? 

Do toddlers play separately from the older children? 

 

DIRECTOR & STAFF QUALIFICATIONS 

Does staff have experience and education in early childhood development? 

Does staff have current pediatric first-aid and fire safety certification? 

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT 

Are parents welcomed in the program? Are they respected? 

Does staff communicate daily with parents about their child? 

Is an observation completed within 45 days of a child’s entry in the program? 

Are results shared with parents and used for the individual planning and referral to community resources?