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What Does “School Readiness” Mean in an Infant-Family Program?

Jun 28, 2016

Learn how research has shown that for the very young child, social-emotional skills—like the ability to listen, communicate, and form relationships with others—are crucial for supporting the development of academic competency.

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People might think of school readiness as describing a concrete set of cognitive and academic skills. Research has shown that for the very young child, social-emotional skills—like the ability to listen, communicate, and form relationships with others—are crucial for supporting the development of academic competency. Social-emotional health (or infant mental health) is the foundation of success in school. Social-emotional skills provide children with the solid base they need to become proficient in more traditional areas of school readiness, like literacy and numeracy.

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