Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness
“School readiness” describes the capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that will best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in the development of school readiness. No one component can stand on its own.
- Ready Children. A ready child is prepared socially, personally, physically, and intellectually within the developmental domains addressed in Virginia’s six Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development, and personal and social development. Children develop holistically; growth and development in one area depends upon development in other areas.
- Ready Families. A ready family has adults who understand they are the most important people in the child’s life and take responsibility for the child’s school readiness through direct, frequent, and positive involvement and interest in the child. Adults recognize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher, providing steady and supportive relationships, ensuring safe and consistent environments, promoting good health, and fostering curiosity, excitement about learning, determination, and self-control.
- Ready Schools. A ready school accepts all children and provides a seamless transition to a high-quality learning environment by engaging the whole community. A ready school welcomes all children with opportunities to enhance and build confidence in their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Children in ready schools are led by skilled teachers, who recognize, reinforce, and extend children’s strengths and who are sensitive to cultural values and individual differences.
- Ready Communities. A ready community plays a crucial part in supporting families in their role as primary stewards of children’s readiness. Ready communities, including businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments, work together to support children’s school and long term success by providing families affordable access to information, services, high-quality child care, and early learning opportunities.
Superintendent’s memo released June 29, 2018
Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program
For more information about VKRP, Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program please visit: http://www.vkrponline.org/
This guide, developed by CADRE, The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, will assist parents in:
- Asking interview questions that will help get an understanding of an advocate’s approach to providing support
- Connecting with parent centers in their state
- Connecting with additional sources of information about advocacy
Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development
(Also available in Spanish) |
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule. This article from KidsHealth shares valuable information.
Information for Educators, Students, Parents, and Families
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
SAMHSA works to increase awareness of behavioral health issues among educators, students, parents, and families by providing helpful information and resources.
Check out this link to learn more: https://www.samhsa.gov/school-campus-health/information
The General Assembly’s Commission on Youth introduces the 6th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs. The Collection summarizes current research on those mental health treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating children and adolescents. The Collection is intended to serve a broad readership, including educators, service providers, parents, caregivers, and others seeking information on evidence-based mental health practices for youth.
The collection can be found online or in PDF format.
To view online click here: http://vcoy.virginia.gov/collection.asp
To download the PDF format click here: http://vcoy.virginia.gov/documents/collection/Collection2017online.pdf
More information on Cyberbullying toolkits for students, parents and educators can be found on the CommonSense Website. They have partnered with No Bully to provide everything from a pledge to a crisis hotline.
PEATC has bullying workshops and is ready to present upon request. Our newest addition to the our workshop series on bullying is this featured below.
Creating a World without Bullying (Youth)
Bullying is a widespread epidemic. Bullying affects lives. Who is the bully? What causes youth to bully? What resources are in place to assist “the child” who demonstrates bullying behaviors? This unique interactive workshop is for the youth who bullies. Youth will understand how their behavior aligns with the definition of bullying. They explore potential causes for their aggressive behavior. Through dialogue and candid discussions, youth are encouraged to channel negativity and use their voice positively to effect change and help end bullying of others.
To learn about our workshops and how to request one please click here.
Assistive Technology and the IEP in Spanish and English
The Center for Technology and Disability offers one of its very popular documents, Assistive Technology and the IEP, in Spanish as well–Tecnología de Asistencia y el IEP. Both support families in meaningfully considering their child’s AT needs during the IEP process.
This 6-minute video is a little gem posted online by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. It features parents and educators from a local Wisconsin school district talking about their journey of inclusion for students with IEPs in early childhood educational settings.
“Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities” is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process. These online lessons contain video presentations and resources that can be used to equip students and others with the knowledge and skills for the transition to post-secondary education. Topics include the differences between high school and college, post-secondary education and training, selecting a college best fit, getting accommodations in college, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college. If approved by a school division, this online course will satisfy Virginia’s virtual course graduation requirement.