From the Reading Success by 4th Grade Results-Based Scorecard's School Readiness workgroup comes this shared definition for a kindergarten-ready child:
A kindergarten-ready child has a strong foundation in oral language, social-emotional development, reading and writing, critical thinking, and physical development. Thoughtful and engaging early experiences, beginning at birth,strengthen these kindergarten readiness indicators.
Children who meet our community's age requirements for kindergarten are ready for school in many areas, but may need support in others. All children develop differently over time. It is normal for children to have strengths in some areas of growth and development and not in others.
The following indicators are not meant to prevent a child from entering kindergarten; they are simply to show typical child development at this age. It is the responsibility of our schools to be ready for all of our children.