Children entering kindergarten this fall have experienced varying degrees of disruption in their lives, differing access to technology, and increased levels of stress and trauma due to COVID-19. High-quality early learning experiences help children build the foundational skills needed to begin school, but this year’s kindergarteners will have been away from their early childhood programs for over five months when school resumes.
The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is a developmentally focused assessment that helps teachers identify student’s abilities in multiple areas as defined by the state’s learning standards. KIDS helps teachers and families understand where gaps exist, and what supports or resources are needed to support each child.
Please join the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Illinois State Board of Education, the McCormick Foundation, the Stone Foundation, and Advance Illinois, for a virtual discussion exploring the benefits of KIDS in this year of COVID-19.