School readiness for all children is critical to the success of students. Through an initiative begun by then-Gov. Steve Beshear in 2010, Kentucky is focused on ensuring that all young children who enter kindergarten are ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed. One way that our district can support our families, stakeholders and community partners with promoting school readiness is by learning more about the early care settings our children have experienced before they enter school.
Our district is required, as part of 704 KAR 5:070, to collect information about where your child received early care services for the 12 months prior to coming to kindergarten. There are five basic categories that children may receive care before entering kindergarten:
State-funded preschool: Children who attend the state-funded preschool program, which, as defined in 704 KAR 3:410, provides preschool services to at-risk 4-year-olds and 3- and 4-year-olds with identified special needs.
Head Start: Children who attend Head Start, which provides early childhood services to 3- and 4-year-old children who are at risk.
Child care: Children who attend any child care or private preschool setting that is licensed by the Division of Regulated
Child Care. This includes Type 1, Type 2 and Family Certified Homes.
Home: A child who is at home with a parent/guardian before entering school.
Other: A child receiving care from one of the following:
• a family member, such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling
• a private sitter, who is not certified, such as a neighbor, nanny or other
• other early childhood setting that does not meet the above definitions
The Kindergarten Prior Setting form in English and Kindergarten Prior Setting form in Spanish, and the Self-Help/Social-Emotional Scales form in English and the Self-Help/Social-Emotional Scales form in Spanish have been converted to an electronic format.
Parents/guardians can complete the forms online, save the file and email the completed forms to their child’s teacher or other school staff.
If you have already done the prior setting form, please complete the self-help/social emotional scales form as well.