Kindergarten Readiness

Kentucky's definition of Kindergarten Readiness:

School readiness means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success and ability to be Ready to Grow, Ready to Learn & Ready to Succeed.

The skills listed in the diagram are helpful for children to know before entering Kindergarten. The indicators included represent the hopes and aspirations for incoming students, not the expectations. Kentucky recognizes that children develop and learn at different rates and times. Not every child will master all of the skills and behaviors listed above prior to Kindergarten. These skills and behaviors are NOT USED to determine school eligibility. In Kentucky, all children who meet the legal age requirement are entitled to enter public school.

Kindergarten Readiness Parent Guides

Online Parent Guides

Watch this video with information about how to access, view, and/or print Parent Guides based on the age of your child. You can view the guides at

Participants of Kids Fest will receive a FREE printed copy of one of the Parent Guides when you pick up your learning kit!

Click the Guide covers above to visit the Governor's Office of Early Childhood website where you can view an online version of the Parent Guides. If you would like a FREE printed version, pick one up at the Kit Pick-Up!