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In the News: Editorial: Community must step up for kindergarten education

In the News: Editorial: Community must step up for kindergarten education

The Editorial Advisory Board
The Topeka Capital-Journal
May 25, 2018

Each fall, thousands of Topeka children take their first important steps into a school classroom when they start kindergarten. In Kansas, children start kindergarten if they are 5 on or before Aug. 31 of their kindergarten year, but age is only a part of being ready to start school.

No single factor makes children ready for kindergarten. Readiness is a combination of physical, social and cognitive skills. Many people assume familiarity with numbers, letters and shapes is the most important part of being ready for school. However, communication skills, curiosity and enthusiasm about learning are also important for success.