School Readiness - Birth to Age 5

The School Readiness initiative is a collaborative effort between parents and professionals that aims to prepare the non-school age child cognitively, socially, and emotionally for school. 

Resources and Supports for 0-5 years/Pre-Kindergarten Children and Caregivers

  • DRDP-School Readiness
    The Desired Results Developmental Profile-Kindergarten© (DRDP-SR) was created in order to provide transitional kindergarten and traditional kindergarten teachers with a valid, reliable measurement tool that will assist them to observe, document and reflect on the learning, development and progress of their students.

  • First 5 California
    First 5 California/Proposition 10 recognizes that children's health and education are a top priority, especially in the early years of development. Each county provides services for families with children aged 0-5.

  • Head Start
    The Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social, and other services.


Pre-Kindergarten and K-1 Teacher Training/Resources

  • Teachers Early Development Instrument
    The Early Development Instrument is a questionnaire developed by Dr. Dan Offord and Dr. Magdalena Janus at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. It is a 103-item questionnaire completed by kindergarten teachers that measures children’s ability to meet age appropriate developmental expectations in five general domains.

  • Infant Mental Health and Development (Barnard Center)
    The mission of the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development is to promote interdisciplinary research, education, and practice and advance policy related to the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years. This work is framed within a universal awareness of the importance of these early years and is aimed at supporting relationships between caregivers and young children.

Trauma Focused Care

The Chadwick Center
The Chadwick Center, one of the largest hospital based child advocacy and trauma treatment centers in the nation, is staffed with more than 75 professionals in the field of medicine, social work, psychology, psychiatry, child development, nursing, and education technology.  The staff is committed to family-centered care and a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse and family violence.

Contact Us

Permanency Policy Bureau
744 P Street, MS 8-13-66
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-1858

FosterCareEducation@dss.ca.gov
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