Early Learning: Other FAQs

Basic information for topics, such as “What is it?” and “Why is it important?” is available in the Topic Information section. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are specific to a certain topic are answered in this section.

Where can I find information about early educational programs for my child?

Individual states offer different early education programs and resources. The website and contact information for the department of education in each state is accessible through this directory on the U.S. Department of Education website.

What is “school readiness”?

School readiness refers to having the skills, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes needed for success in school and for later learning and life.
School readiness includes:

  • The child’s ability to meet milestones appropriate for their stage of development, including motor skills, language development, and general knowledge; their curiosity and enthusiasm; and their ability to explore and try new things
  • The environment provided by the school, including high-quality instruction, leadership, appropriate teacher training, and support of relationships with parents and the community
  • Appropriate support from the child’s family and community, such as daily learning opportunities and supporting the child’s mental and physical health

More information about school readiness and resources for helping your child are available on the Head Start website.1,2


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Administration for Children and Families Early Learning & Knowledge Center. (2015). What is school readiness? Retrieved February 2, 2015, from https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr
  2. High, P. C.; American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care and Council on School Health. (2008). School readiness. Pediatrics, 121(4), e1008–e1015.

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