Impact of VKRP
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program began in 2013 and has now expanded statewide. In Fall of 2019, VKRP was implemented in all 132 school divisions across the Commonwealth. It’s become clear that VKRP provides a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness in Virginia.
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As a result of VKRP’s findings, the Commonwealth has been able to push forward with an $85-million plan to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education to low-income families across Virginia.
Guiding Policy for Our Youngest Learners
VKRP data has highlighted the importance of high-quality early childhood learning experiences, helping policy makers make sound and informed decisions about early childhood education in Virginia.
Children who experience preschool are more prepared for kindergarten. This is especially true for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are 1.5 times more likely to be ready for kindergarten if they attend public preschool, compared to their peers who do not attend preschool.
As a result of VKRP’s findings, the Commonwealth has been able to push forward with an $85-million plan to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education to low-income families across Virginia. The funding is set to boost programs for 3- and 4-year-olds across the Commonwealth and is the largest single early childhood investment in Virginia’s history.
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program is also being piloted for use in preschool programs, with the goal of better understanding how young children’s mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills can be supported in the early years.
Shining a Light on School Readiness
Readiness gaps are often evident at school entry. See why VKRP aims to provide a clear snapshot of Virginia’s kindergarten readiness landscape.
Supporting Student Growth
Teachers report using VKRP data to better understand and support their student’s individuals skills during the school year.