Why We Need VKRP

Now more than ever, research shows that high-quality early learning experiences are critical for young children.

But, not all children enter kindergarten with the foundational skills needed for success in school. In fact, 44% of Virginia children enter school unprepared in at least one of four key areas. The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) aims to provide information that can help change that.

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Two children working together with magnetic tile blocks

Why a Multi-Dimensional Approach?

VKRP places an equal emphasis on children’s academic and social-emotional skills because both are important for long-term success in school and life.

Children in preschool stretching during circle time.

Supporting Students Who Need It Most

In its first year of state-wide implementation, VKRP has already uncovered essential information about what supports young children need to be ready for school.

Benefits of VKRP

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For Divisions and Schools

VKRP helps schools and divisions pinpoint where teachers and students need more resources and support to be successful.

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For Educators

VKRP helps educators support students’ growth and learning in areas where they need it most.

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For Families

VKRP helps families understand what school readiness means and how their child’s skills grow across the school year.