School readiness is a game changer! Researchers agree: when a child starts kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed, outcomes are much more positive. Here are just some of the research-backed conclusions about the effects of school readiness on children’s success:

When a child enters kindergarten ready for school, there’s an 82% chance that the child will master basic skills by age 11, compared with a 45% chance if the child isn’t ready for school.    

Family engagement is linked to children’s success in kindergarten and beyond.    

Children with parents who are engaged in their learning are more likely to have higher grades, attend school regularly, have better social skills, and graduate.      

Up to 70 percent of kindergarteners who struggle with reading will still be poor readers at the end of third grade.

When families have more books at home, kindergartners start school with higher reading scores.

Many children enter kindergarten with readiness challenges that might have been diminished or eliminated with early identification and attention to child and family needs. Early intervention increases readiness.

Children whose learning difficulties are addressed early are more likely to graduate from high school, hold jobs, and live independently.

Learn more about how the SPARK program helps parents and children get ready for school together.