School Readiness Redefined: Beyond the ABCs


Our early literacy speaker this past October was Lisa Regalla, the assistant director of the Center for Childhood Creativity and the Bay Area Museum in San Francisco.

At the CCC, researchers look at the latest findings to discover what children need for lifelong success. They know one thing for sure: children need to be flexible thinkers in order to make their way in today's world.

Researchers are finding that when schools focus on a narrow checklist to determine school readiness, the learning process becomes too limited and only based on content, leading to children who are not prepared for long term success. Critical pieces are missing from these checklists, including:

  • The quality of language interactions
  • Guided play
  • Math
  • Science
  • Asking good questions
  • Social skills
  • Executive functions (self-control)
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