Evanston School District 65 administrators will present a set of goals to help improve kindergarten readiness to elementary and high school school boards at a joint meeting tonight.

The Strong Start to Kindergarten – Student Goals for Educators is designed to create “a shared set of focus areas when working with the pre-kindergarten youth in our community,” said D65 Superintendent Paul Goren.

Developed by early childhood and kindergarten educators, the document is based on Teaching Strategies GOLD standards and descriptors and lists objectives and benchmarks seen as most essential for kindergarten readiness. According to Goren, the assessment is “widely used by early childhood providers in our community.”

The 23 objectives include social-emotional, language, cognitive, literacy and mathematics skills.

Also to be presented at the joint board meeting is a complementary activity guide, developed by Evanston Cradle to Career and District 65, called Strong Start to Kindergarten, for parents and caregivers of children ages 3 to 5.

Available in both English and Spanish, the guide suggests activities parents and caregivers can use to help children develop in social-emotional, language and cognitive areas.

The joint meeting of the school boards will be held at Evanston Township High School, Room N112, 1600 Dodge Ave. at 7 p.m.

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