The concept of school readiness is the subject of an expansive body of research and policy at the federal, state, and local levels. School readiness is defined here as children’s readiness to make successful transitions into school, based on their cognitive, social–emotional, and physical development and preacademic skills; families’ readiness to support their children’s development and learning as they transition into schools and beyond; and school systems’ readiness to support each and every child’s learning and development. When children enter schools that are prepared to support them with a base set of skills and competencies and support from their families, they are more likely to do well in school and across the life course. This entry will review the comprehensive concept of school readiness, including ...

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